Cops walking the beat

Vancouver Police are turning to an old tactic to improve safety in the Downtown Eastside.

The VPD is expanding foot patrols.

“In recent months, there has been a significant increase in street disorder, including violent altercations, which has led to heightened concerns from the elderly, people with mobility issues, and businesses,” says Sgt. Jason Robillard. “We are working with the community to try to make the neighborhood safe for everyone.”  

Police have noticed a spike in crime in recent months and that vulnerable people are being taken advantage of by others coming in from outside the neighbourhood to deal drugs and sell stolen goods.  

Numerous complaints have been received that people feel the sidewalks are unsafe. 

Since Sunday, the foot patrols have already resulted in 10 arrests and the seizure of $4,500 in drugs and $3,000 worth of stolen property. 

VPD’s homeless outreach co-ordinator is also working with patrol members and partner organizations to help connect people without homes, or with mental illness and addictions, with appropriate resources.

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