Enderby’s public safety enhanced

Enderby is stepping up initiatives to create a safer community. Coun. Brian Schreiner will take on the public safety portfolio responsibilities adopted by council this week.

Those duties will include overseeing Citizens on Patrol, promote crime prevention through environmental design, promote Neighbourhood Watch, and participate in wildfire planning and disaster readiness initiatives.

Schreiner, working with a designated municipal staff member, will act as a liaison with staff and local community groups to explain safety policy matters and provide feedback to council on the council portfolio issues.

Mayor Greg McCune said he envisions this initiative freeing up time for the RCMP to “do what they do best” having more officer resource time actively on patrol and for local businesses to work more effectively together on crime reduction initiatives.

“This will allow businesses to work together more to improve on their security weak spots and keep the lines of communication open,” McCune said.

He cited the example of one business break-in that had a security system with 11 cameras in place but only two worked at the time.

“So we can look at how we can help our business community with what they need to do to be safe,” he said.

“Literally anything that can keep people safer in our community can fall under this portfolio.”

He said creating the public safety portfolio responsibilities has incorporated the best practices from what other communities have found to be successful. ‘We’ve had lots of community discussion about this so now we’ve basically made it official,” he added.

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