The Valley’s RCMP, Cowichan Tribes, City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan are opening a new Corridor Safety Office this month to help deal with crime and related issues along the TCH corridor. Pictured, from left, are Danny Norris Jr. (Cowichan Tribes), Rachel Hastings (North Cowichan), David Elley (North Cowichan), Garry Kerr (Duncan), Mike Dunn (North Cowichan), Jason Seward (Cowichan Tribes), Margot Hawley (RCMP) Mic Bourgeault (Blackbird Security), Erin Stevenson (RCMP), Adam Kowalewski (Blackbird Security). (Submitted photo)

The Valley’s RCMP, Cowichan Tribes, City of Duncan and the Municipality of North Cowichan are opening a new Corridor Safety Office this month to help deal with crime and related issues along the TCH corridor. Pictured, from left, are Danny Norris Jr. (Cowichan Tribes), Rachel Hastings (North Cowichan), David Elley (North Cowichan), Garry Kerr (Duncan), Mike Dunn (North Cowichan), Jason Seward (Cowichan Tribes), Margot Hawley (RCMP) Mic Bourgeault (Blackbird Security), Erin Stevenson (RCMP), Adam Kowalewski (Blackbird Security). (Submitted photo)

New Corridor Safety Office set to open in Duncan this month on the TCH

Office next step in Safer Community PLan

The new Corridor Safety Office will be opening later this month at 490 Trans-Canada Hwy.

The office, located in the north half of the old Duncan Music Store, is intended to provide a central location for ongoing efforts to address crime and public disorder in the section along the TCH corridor between Beverly Street and Boys Road as part of the Valley’s new Safer Community Plan.

As well, a “Who to Call” document will soon be distributed to businesses and residents in the area clarifying who to contact to respond to various concerns in order to eliminate confusion and reduce call volume to the RCMP.

The City of Duncan, the Municipality of North Cowichan and Cowichan Tribes are working together, in collaboration with community stakeholders, including the Cowichan Valley School District, health and social service providers, RCMP, local businesses and many others, to implement the Safer Community Plan to address crime and public disorder in that area of the TCH.

RELATED STORY: CRIME IN CROSSHAIRS IN DUNCAN’S TCH CORRIDOR

A staff report written by Rob Conway, North Cowichan’s director of planning, that was presented earlier this year, said a study by Community Futures Cowichan on the issue determined that the primary concerns for business owners in the corridor area are social issues, safety and security.

Conway said the study cited a current level of “public disorder” as a shared concern among business owners, and identified a high level of frustration regarding the lack of assistance and response businesses receive from law enforcement authorities, government agencies and local government.

At the time, the local governments each committed $10,000 to develop the plan and to get the initiative started.

RELATED STORY: N. COWICHAN BUDGETS $10K FOR ‘DUNCAN STRIP’ CRIME STRATEGY

The Safer Community Plan coordinates enforcement resources from both municipalities, Cowichan Tribes, and the RCMP.

Immediately following approval of the plan in August, increased enforcement presence along the corridor began, including daytime patrols conducted by RCMP, Blackbird Security, and bylaw enforcement.

RELATED STORY: SECURITY FIRM CHOSEN FOR HIGHWAY CORRIDOR

Cowichan Tribes Chief William Seymour said the First Nation supports the work being done under the Safer Community Plan.

“It is something that needs to be done, as this is a big issue that requires more focus and efforts,” Seymour said.

“This issue is not the responsibility of one community. We all need to work together to address this challenge collaboratively.”

Duncan Mayor Michelle Staples said the RCMP has “really stepped up” to provide support for the initiative.

She said the city appreciates the ongoing commitment of local leadership working together.

“We know that leadership is made up of not just elected leaders, but many others including the RCMP, SD79, Island Health, local businesses, community members and community service providers,” she said.

“Each of us has a different role that we bring to finding solutions, different views and perspectives; all of which are necessary for us to create the changes required to move forward.”

North Cowichan’s Mayor Al Siebring added that all of the governments in the region are working together to provide additional resources for housing and addiction treatment, as well as addressing crime and public disorder.

“The types of crises we are facing in the corridor are complex and are going to require a fulsome solution, not a band-aid fix,” Siebring said.

Inspector Chris Bear, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, said the RCMP appreciates the efforts of the City of Duncan, Municipality of North Cowichan and Cowichan Tribes to bring the Safer Community Plan to fruition.

“We are always looking for new and cutting edge ways to address problems in the community, and working together on the Safer Community Plan has been very effective,” he said.



robert.barron@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

An object in motion stays in motion. An object at rest stays at rest. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: This mother is grinning and bearing it

News broke the other day that, after months in hibernation, Grouse Mountain’s… Continue reading

An online cooking lesson with Ian Blom, the Red Seal Chef from the Ainslie Restaurant, is one of the items on auction in a fundraiser for the Duncan Curling Club and other causes. (Submitted photo)
Online action being held to assist Duncan Curling Club and other causes

Auction, run by the Duncan Rotary Club, closes May 22

Police tape crosses Auchinachie Road at Somenos Road as police investigate an incident Friday at 11:30 a.m. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
UPDATE: North Cowichan neighbourhood, school evacuated after gardener digs up explosives

Students removed from Ecole Mount Prevost school in an ‘abundance of caution’

The Cowichan Valley Naturalists are offering a look at B.C.’s glass sponge reefs at a presentation on May 18. (Adam Taylor photo)
A&E column: Glass sponge reefs; AGM; and new book

What’s going on in arts and entertainment in the Cowichan Valley

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Sinikka Gay Elliott was reported missing on Salt Spring Island on Wednesday, May 12. (Courtesty Salt Spring RCMP)
MISSING: Salt Spring RCMP find woman’s car, still seek Island resident

Sinikka Gay Elliott is 5’3” with a slim build and dark brown short hair

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A Saanich man received almost 10 years in Supreme Court in Courtenay for a shooting incident from 2018. Record file photo
Shooting incident on Island nets almost 10-year sentence

Saanich man was arrested without incident north of Courtenay in 2018

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Most Read