Feb 21, 2013 / 1:06 pm
BC's justice minister says new legislation will allow people to report so-called crack shacks and other problem properties in their neighbourhood to a new agency rather than police.
Shirley Bond says the yet-to-be named agency will be created as part of the Community Safety Act, which she will introduce today.
She says the agency will contact the property owner and residents about local complaints including party houses, drugs and prostitution.
Bond says charges could result if the issues are not resolved.
Abbotsford Police Chief Bob Rich says problem locations can impact an entire neighbourhood.
Bond says she's also introducing legislation to make it easier for volunteer agencies that work with vulnerable children and adults to conduct criminal record checks on their volunteers.
Read more BC News
- Crash near Cranbrook kills 2
- School trustees want special hydro rate
- Sea otter shot in face now stable
- Richmond man shot in tile store
- Incest father has sentence doubled
- BC NDP seeks to abolish Senate
- Driver plows SUV in grocery store
- BC strikes tentative union deals
- Teen labelled as high risk for terrorism
- Pot referendum pipe dream up in smoke
- Woman's body found in Burnaby suite
- Accused's ex-girlfriend helped sell drugs
(Click for RSS instructions.)