Street safety targeted

The Downtown Vernon Association and Partners in Action Committee will host a workshop on dealing with Vernon’s street population

The Downtown Vernon Association and Partners in Action Committee will host a workshop on dealing with Vernon’s street population.

The Downtown Vernon – Safety and Street Workshop will run Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Schubert Centre.

The workshop, for local business and property owners, is a response to an issue that came up at Vernon council when Coun. Scott Anderson brought up the topic of aggressive panhandlers, and a city street vendor who had suffered an alleged assault.

“The workshop will provide education and resources on how to manage interactions with Vernon’s street population, many of whom have mental health and substance use issues as well as other challenges,” said Lara Konkin with the DVA.

In addition, community policing, the city’s bylaw department and the RCMP will provide strategies for responding to various types of incidents and how to manage safety concerns, regardless of who is causing the concern.

“The goal of the workshop is to provide information and support to the business community,” said Konkin.

“There are definitely ways to manage the recent concerns and prevent these issues from escalating.”

An information package will be made available on the DVA website for those who cannot attend.

The partners involved in organizing this workshop include community policing, City of Vernon bylaw department, Vernon RCMP, John Howard Society, Upper Room Mission, Downtown Vernon Association and Social Planning Council.

Call 250-542-5851 for information or to RSVP.