City proposing a review on safety resources needed to achieve Penticton's goal of community safety

City proposing safety study

The City of Penticton is looking for a green light from council next week for a study on what staffing is needed to achieve their focus on community safety.

The Community Safety Resource Review will be identifying long-term staffing level requirements across the City’s community safety portfolio, including RCMP, Bylaw Services and Fire.

The review is expected to be completed by mid 2022 and is estimated to cost $75,000.

To lead the review, the City would be hiring an independent project team led by Dr. Curt T. Griffiths, Professor and Coordinator of the Police Studies program, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University and Dr. Eli Sopow, Business Administration Program, Canada University West, Vancouver.

Both Dr. Griffiths and Dr. Sopow are said to have extensive experience conducting studies of police operations, strategies, and resource utilization across the province.

“The process for completing the review will involve a community survey, City department interviews and focus group meetings with community stakeholders to gather the appropriate data for the eventual long-term recommendations,” Anthony Haddad, the City’s General Manager of Community Services, said in the press release.

“We look forward to working with the City’s Safety & Security Advisory Committee on this process and supporting the community into the future with community safety resourcing to create a healthy and safe future”.

Staff will present the report, along with a summary of the review and a copy of the supporting project proposal on Dec. 7, 2021 in the Council Meeting agenda package.

The proposal will also be available on the City’s website this Friday.

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