Police Board Minutes (July 2010)--vs NEX in 900-block Pandora

below is an exerpt from the most recently posted public minutes (july) of the vic police board. the board has met at least 3 times since then:

900 Block Pandora: Police Strategic Overview Report (DCC Ducker/Insp. Pearce)
DCC Ducker summarized the key problems encountered by police in the area of the 900
Block of Pandora Avenue. Insp. Pearce reported that 40% of Bike and Beat resources
are assigned to the 900 Block of Pandora, and over 4,000 hours of police resources
have been used to date in 2010 in the area. It was noted that including the cost of
support services, equipment, salaries and benefits, the annual cost to provide two
additional officers and assign them 24/7 to provide police services in the area would be
approximately $1.2M.

DCC Ducker reported that in the past 5 years, crime has risen significantly in this area,
particularly in relation to public order. It was noted that overall calls for services
increased by 60%, including a 130% increase in calls related to Unwanted Persons. It
was also noted that an increase in calls for service within a one-block radius of the 900
Block of Pandora Avenue coincided with the opening of Our Place in 2008.

DCC Ducker emphasized that the Department is committed to providing police
resources for this area. He explained, however, that operational staff have advised that
the long term solutions required to support individuals in the area are beyond the scope
of law enforcement alone. It was noted that while Our Place does not create the
problems, the nature of its services attracts individuals who are homeless, addicted or
unemployed. It was also noted that a 24/7 police presence would likely not change the
situation very much due to the complex health, social and political issues at the root of
the problems in the neighbourhood.

Insp. Pearce explained that following the closure of 85 shelter beds in April, overnight
camping on the boulevards in the area (which is allowed based on a recent court
decision) has increased. It was noted that the Downtown Service Providers have been
able to get the 85 shelter beds reinstated, however the beds are not all available at
present.

It was noted that from May 2009 to May 2010, over 49% of trespass tickets written by
the VicPD were issued in the 900 Block of Pandora Avenue. Insp. Pearce explained that
before a trespass ticket is issued by police, individuals are given several warnings.
There was a discussion on the Integrated Court System’s recent success in helping the
small number of individuals who are able to access the system. It was noted that the
Victoria Integreted Community Outreach Team (VICOT) does not have enough
resources to manage the large number of individuals who could benefit from the multiple
social, health and police servcies provided by VICOT.

DCC Ducker requested that Board members meet with the Board of Directors of Our
Place to discuss possible solutions to the problems in this area that are beyond current
law enforcement initiatives. He also requested that the Board support the Department's
position that placement of a temporary or permanent needle exchange in this area
would be highly problematic and compound existing issues, as too many social services
would be located in one area of the city.

MOTION: To approve the request that Board members meet with the Board of Directors
of Our Place to discuss possible solutions to the problems in the area surrounding the
900 Block of Pandora Avenue that are beyond current law enforcement initiatives.
MICK/STONEMAN/ CARRIED

MOTION: To table the request that the Board support the Department's position against
the placement of a temporary or permanent needle exchange in the area surrounding
the 900 Block of Pandora Avenue until the Police Board has had an opportunity to meet
with the Board Directors of Our Place.
KOTARSKI/MICK/ CARRIED