Tuesday night’s crime forum at the Oliver Community Centre attracted more than 450 people.
Many of them spoke out against the proliferation of crime in Oliver, including Osoyoos Indian Band Chief Clarence Louie, who said politicians need a “kick in the rear” to make the court system tougher on criminals, including young offenders. He went as far to say their names should be published in the media in order to let shame help rehabilitate them.
The meeting, organized by Shirley Zelinksi and Michael Guthrie, gave people an opportunity to vent their frustration. In fact, when attendees were asked how many had been victims of crime, nearly half of them raised their hands.
Throughout the forum, people signed two petitions calling for two extra RCMP officers for Oliver and the implementation of video cameras in the community.