Higher profile for community policing

Kiosk in Parksville city hall lobby should improve safety and visibility

Parksville council hopes to give the city’s community policing office a boost with a move into the city hall atrium.

Currently located in a quiet corner of the Parksville Community and Conference Centre next door, the volunteer run office could be much better used by the public, Corporal Jesse Foreman said at council’s Dec. 17 regular meeting.

Foreman, in charge of Oceanside community policing, updated council on the good work of the little office but pointed to several issues with their location.

He explained the office is not a police station and there have been “a few tense moments there,” with people not making a distinction between the volunteers and the RCMP, which would be helped by being in a busier location.

He also said they are having trouble recruiting and keeping volunteers.