The emphasis of Oliver’s new Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee is to be proactive, not reactive.
That will be the statement of the chair when the committee meets for the first time next Wednesday in council chambers at 9 a.m.
As promised in his election campaign, Mayor Martin Johansen established the committee to implement an approach driven by intervention.
The agenda of the April 10 meeting includes a draft terms of reference, committee make-up, members’ roles, expectations regarding confidentiality, conflict of interest guidelines, and community safety/crime prevention planning. One such issue that might be discussed is closed circuit TV to monitor problem areas in Oliver. This was brought up at last year’s crime forum.
The committee will also discuss reports representing the RCMP, fire department, members at large, bylaw and regional district.
Under the terms of reference, the objective of the committee is to advise Town council on safety and crime prevention matters, focusing on police services, bylaw enforcement, fire rescue, emergency preparedness and prison services.
Committee members are appointed by council for a two-year term. Members include Johansen, councillor Aimee Grice, Fire Chief Bob Graham, bylaw officer Shilo Lyver, Area C director Rick Knodel, Area A director Mark Pendergraft, Osoyoos Mayor Sue McKortoff, Osoyoos Councillor Jim King, Oliver RCMP Sgt. Blaine Gervais, Crime Watch coordinator Ron Johnson, Interior Health representative Deborah Runge, OCC Warden Debby Rempel and members-at-large Pat Hampson, Michael Guthrie and Robert Halishoff.
The rules state that members must abide by conflict of interest guidelines. For example, if a member has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter under discussion, he or she must declare it and not take part in the discussion.