Patrol offices will open soon
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Community services officers could operate from their downtown satellite office as early as next week, according to the city’s director of community and protective services.
Byron McCorkell told council at its Tuesday meeting that the city hopes to have officers working from their location at 340 Victoria Street starting next week – “and then shortly thereafter out of Tranquille.”
“The idea is to have a base for them, so they don’t have to leave the area and have them patrol the streets,” McCorkell said.
“We have a belt-mounted parking ticket system, we can provide parking management at the same time as providing an interface with issues that occur on the street.”
McCorkell said CSOs will get to know business owners downtown and along the Tranquille Corridor, learning about their concerns.
He said there were still staffing issues, but they will work to bring in more people to help fill 24/7 coverage.
“We are very happy to be able to be present on these two streets,” said McCorkell.
He said the intention was to operate the satellite offices throughout the year.
“People should see more vehicles, they should see more uniformed personnel. And then that gives us a base from which we can act, if there’s a problem in the street, we can make it happen. And through this model of community care, we will know who we are dealing with,” said McCorkell.