Meeting Date: September 12, 2016
Thank you to Aleya Trott, Executive Director of the West End Coal Harbour Community Policing Center (WECHCPC) who came out and spoke with us about what the Community Policing Center does and for responding to some of the concerns that WEFA members identified.
The WECHCPC is open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 6pm and is located at 1267 Davie St between the Independent Grocer and Rogers. There are 2 staff members and 160 volunteers. They are looking for 16 and 17 year old youths to volunteer with the Youth Action Initiative Program.
Who to Contact
Emergencies call 9-1-1
Vancouver Police Non-Emergency Line at 604-717-3321
Van Connect App or 3-1-1
Lord Roberts Basketball Court Closure
School parents had been told in the spring that the VPD had recommended locking the basketball court at Lord Roberts. After many queries Aleya was unable to find any officer who made this recommendation.
Needles in Nelson Park
Aleya recommended calling the PHS Mobile Needle Exchange (604.657.6561) to collect discarded needles. Reporting needles to PHS or 3-1-1 can help with tracking. Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and the need to activate park spaces to reduce crime. Plans are in the works for events in Nelson Park in summer 2017. Due to the design of the park it is difficult for police in patrol cars to have a clear line of site to the center of the park. The lack of a needle drop box in the public washroom in the park was also discussed. See news reports in Vancouver Sun and CBC.
The WECHCPC has a Speed Watch program where volunteers take data and share it with the VPD. The following Intersections were identified by WEFA members as concerns:
2-way Stops: Nicola & Nelson, Nicola & Barclay
No curb easements: Nelson & Gilford, Nelson & Thurlow
Short Crossing time: Georgia & Cardero