In December 2016, the Vancouver City Council allocated a 0.5% emergency property tax increase to combat the fentanyl crisis, which included overdose response, a new fire truck and crew, mobile medical unit, training, supplies, and a commitment to a long overdue community policing centre for Strathcona.
A formal motion to support this commitment was announced last week, and will be voted on (tomorrow) morning, Wednesday January 25.
You can read the city staff proposal here: http://council.vancouver.ca/20170124/documents/rr1.pdf
There has been a last minute activist campaign however, attempting to pressure council into saying no to the specific commitment for a Strathcona Community Policing Centre.
It should be noted that contrary to the Carnegie Community Action Project's call to action to protest a community policing centre for Strathcona, the funding is not for "more cops" but for coordination of volunteer and community-led safety resources.
The $200,000 out of the $7.5million (Vancouver Sun) budget is for renting and outfitting a civilian-staffed and community-led office to serve all Strathconans, and improve health and safety outcomes for the entire community.
If you are able, we encourage you to comment directly to Vancouver City Council. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org tonight.
This long and overdue city-staff recommended community policing centre for our neighbourhood has long standing support from the community, including the SRA, Stamp’s Place Tenants Council and Ray Cam, and the Strathcona Business Improvement Association.
The SRA Council has formally gone on record in support of this proposal: