Committee of the Whole - 25 Apr 2023


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: STAFF REPORTS
3.i: Royal Canadian Mounted Police Annual Update
4: TERMINATION
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Annual Update
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The presentation began with an introduction to the Sea to Sky RCMP, which is a hybrid integrated detachment that encompasses Whistler, Squamish, Pemberton, and Bowen Island. The presentation then moved on to discuss the year in review for 2022, highlighting various statistics and achievements of the Squamish RCMP team.

Property crime in Squamish decreased by 10% in 2022, with some increases in mischief and graffiti. Violent crime also decreased by 12%, with sexual assaults dropping by 15% and domestic violence down by 27%. However, there was a 7. 5% increase in mental health-related calls, and impaired driving numbers increased significantly, with immediate roadside prohibitions nearly doubling.

The presentation also touched on significant investigations, including high-profile fatalities, members injured on duty, and the seizure of firearms. The Squamish RCMP team participated in various community events and initiatives, such as school visits, cultural events with the Squamish Nation, and partnering with other organizations for community safety.

Looking forward to 2023, the Squamish RCMP plans to continue their town hall public series, start the situation table initiative, launch the Car 99 pilot project with Vancouver Coastal Health, develop neurodivergent training, and create a new Sea to Sky Regional strategic plan. The presentation concluded with appreciation for the support provided to the Squamish RCMP team and their ongoing commitment to community safety and engagement.

Lauren Greenlaw
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hello everybody and welcome to the April 25th Committee of the whole meeting on the unseated territories of the Squamish Nation I am counselor Lauren Greenlaw acting as chair please be advised that this council meeting is being live streamed recorded and will be available to the public to view on the District of Squamish website following the meeting if you have any concerns please notify the corporate officer present at the meeting can I have an adoption of the agenda a move by councilor French seconded by mayor Herford all in favor all right our first item is the annual update from the Royal Canadian mountain police with that I will turn it over to inspector Dykstra staff sergeant Bradley and staff sergeant Bradley thank you

SPEAKER_03
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good thank you very much I worship members of council thanks for having us again this year you're most going to be hearing from staff sergeant Briley today he's got a great presentation in relation to the year in review which is what we're here to talk about going to have a bit of a discussion about all the wonderful things that our team here in Squamish did over the year 2022 and at the very end we'll talk a little bit about where we're going into 2020 3 and 24 and Beyond okay next slide please maybe we have to do it locally

John French
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yeah there we go okay

SPEAKER_03
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all right there we go again this is always nice to remind everybody with respect to the see this guy Squamish it's one part of the larger Regional Detachment which is the Ceta Sky rsmp which encompasses Whistler swamish Pemberton and Bowen Island and in the provincial area around it we call it a hybrid integrated Detachment by that we mean that our policing services are being provided based on various contracts within the municipalities in the province and so policing Services themselves are dedicated in those particular areas but then we have an integrated and horizontal management and oversight function which encompasses corporate services and myself each of our individual areas like bowling Island Squamish Whistler Pemberton they have an operations commander and the operations Commander there is in charge of the operational component and the delivery of the services in that community and for Squamish that's Gareth here who will talk a little bit about that given that introduction I'm going to pass things over to Gareth who's going to get into the details

SPEAKER_02
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all right thank you chair worship council members thank you for having us here today really appreciate it I will do my own slots just wanted to introduce you to part of your Squamish team here RCMP we are hosted by the Railway West Coast Railway Museum was gracious enough to let us take some RCP 150 photos this year we turned 150 years old so I wanted to celebrate that Whistler did something similar for Canada 150 up in the suspension bridge across up in Whistler there so I wanted to do something with the local iconic Royal Hudson I remember I remember this coming into downtown steaming away eating my big scoop ice cream when I was a little boy so it was one of my dreams to get a photo like this done so yeah it was a great day for everybody actually so I really appreciate that just about the leadership team here in Squamish we have obviously our office here in charge inspector Dykstra whoever sees the entire Sea to Sky myself as your operations Commander I have a operations NCO Sergeant Pollock and we have NCO in charge of our serious crime team General Investigation Services Sergeant Jeff Shore you want to talk about the integrated positions or

SPEAKER_03
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yeah this just kind of speaks back to the idea of being a hybrid integrated Detachment so in this case here we have some integrated positions these are the ones that serve the entire city Sky myself a corporate services manager but then the gis team which is funded by The Province but also funded through District Squamish and the resort Miss Melody of Whistler various members and they provide a more serious crime type investigative service which covers the entire area and then the other positions in Block there those ones are the Squamish specific positions which are directly dedicated to providing the service or at least supervising it and also the operation support piece

John French
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nope

SPEAKER_02
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is it on I'm on now great just to show the old operational structure of the Detachment and our watch strength and their Community response units and then or administrative supervisor that oversees the Municipal Employees and our serious crime team so that's your entire Squamish team on one page so I always get the time slot after lunch to talk about stats so bear with me folks stay with me though I'll make it entertaining um I just want to say like overall 2022 seemed like a really a good year for policing started to get back into some normal day-to-day routines going into different places that we couldn't do during covid because things are shut down it seems like a real rebound year a lot of the stats will show that things have kind of decreased slightly however there's two categories on the mental health side and then impaired driving that have gone up significantly so this slide's talking about property crime in Squamish which overall the total property crime has decreased by 10 in 2022 which is fantastic there's a couple increases in some mischiefs and I think later in the year I think it was brought up at one of the meetings here that some of the we noticed that the graffiti in town has started it in Greece so we're gonna communities Response Unit looking into some of the graffiti that's going on we did have an issue with that a few years ago where an individual was arrested and charged with some of the crimes there so these things take time so we'll let you know how that goes in a in a few months and see what we can do there this slide's talking about violent crime violent crime is also down in the corridor by 12 overall our sexual assaults have dropped 15 domestic violence is also down 27 percent and you can see the red numbers there are up significant but we're talking about small pool of a small sample size so the numbers go up quite drastically when you're going from one to seven so I'd like to yeah highlight the great work of our intimate partner violence unit for it used to be known as the dvu unit so it's a single investigator to Shepherd the sexual assaults and domestic violence investigations this slide depicts mental health act calls for Squamish in 2022 as you can see there's a seven and a half percent increase to the total calls for mental health related Falls almost one per year and I just want to discuss that these are serious calls where somebody's threatening to harm themselves or a person in serious crisis where we have to attend and assess the risk to that person obviously we'd try to do referrals and partner with our CSI see this guy community services and mental health sorry

Lauren Greenlaw
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excuse me just a moment mayor Hereford

SPEAKER_06
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thank you on this point I was I was curious about some of the other statistics you had could be driven by you know mental health challenges and just how you classified this and is it that in this column is that specific harm to themselves or other driven by that or are you taking into account those other factors in the or the mental health factor I guess in those other statistics that you stated in your previous slides

SPEAKER_02
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don't answer

SPEAKER_03
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yes these statistics here are contained when it's just related files these some of them are contained within other files that are indicated so domestic violence files or could be impaired files could be assault files this is just the number of files that had a mental health component related to it but again it's only being listed as a mental health if there is a serious component to that so someone who's under mental distress or having a serious incident so it might have come in as a an assault file it turns out actually it's a mental health related file so we scored as maybe an assault but it's actually mental health in nature so there's these aren't separate compared to the other stats that are

SPEAKER_02
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included yeah we always have a primary analysis on a file so it's not duplicating stats just wanted to make that clear

Lauren Greenlaw
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oh sorry there's another question from counselor pattongill

Chris Pettingill
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yeah thanks just on this coroners act what sort of thing does that refer to a

SPEAKER_02
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corner Corners act investigations are sudden deaths so we yeah attended to 34 Sun death in Messi so on behalf of the corner has jurisdiction over any death or suspicious death or and then we do an investigation alongside with them or for them in cases that they can't attend good

SPEAKER_06
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okay

SPEAKER_02
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we'll go on to road safety sir this is another area obviously where like we talk about collisions anything from vehicle-related collisions motor vehicle act damage and I wanted to highlight here impaired driving as you can see overall the collisions are down over from 2021 to 2022 however our impaired driving numbers um are up by 20 overall and almost doubled for you'll notice it says IRP there it's the immediate roadside prohibitions so if a person is tested roadside they blow over a certain number 0.8 on their little screening device their vehicle will be impounded for 30 days so that's through ICBC mechanisms so you can see that's almost doubled this year and unfortunately that Trend into 21st quarter of 2023 here has not slowed down we've almost eclipsed that number from the entirety of 2022 in the first quarter 2023. so we're going to I'll let you know how that goes at the end of the year but we're well on our way I think we have about 40 43 impaired driving charges under just that IRP sections this quarter

Lauren Greenlaw
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sorry mayor Herbert

SPEAKER_06
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thank you to compare this so I can compare these around my head around this is has there been a change in the level of the resourcing or general effort in seeking these out as far as an impaired charge or the IR or the irps it would seem to me that those would be directly related to how much was sort of uncovered just discovered and so I think there's an additional layer there could you could you add some

SPEAKER_02
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definitely I can put some context to that our membership is fairly Junior so we have to have a certain amount of training whether or not to to get to be trained on a device to be trained on an instrument to be trained on an investigation to do those things we recently in January and at the end of the year started to put a focus on training those folks that are new coming out or to new to the province on those techniques so that could be one reason for the increase it's just they're out patrolling proactively since their calls for service overall are down and they're putting a focus on that

SPEAKER_03
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just gonna jump in for one second really to the statistics it's interesting because when you're looking at the numbers they seem to tell a story but a lot of things are missing when you just look at the numbers themselves you know the question you know what is the you know what is the effect here or what is causing the increase or the decrease or where do we stand over a longer period of time the impaired the imperative one is a bit of a significant number even though our members are out there doing regular patrols and our calls for service are down that means technically they should be out on the road a little bit more the increase there is a bit more significant it just means that we're catching more people than we were before yet we might be on the road a little bit more but more of those stops that are being conducted are resulting in findings like this and I think some of this is left over or we'll call hangover from covid where a lot of people were actually increasing their alcohol activity that's the best guess more people just seem to be more comfortable drinking and driving these days so this is going to be a bit of a focus but the important thing here is to look at these numbers just in the context of what they are this is year over year we are capturing these statistics I think we mentioned last year we're going to be capturing them on a regular basis consistently so this is the second year of consistent data next year we'll see what it looks like if you look at our overall numbers over a five-year span from previous iterations of the data while they're not exact we're in the realm of the five-year average for most of our things so we haven't really gone up or down we're kind of around where we would expect to be based on averages over the last five but some of them like the impairs are actually quite higher so for me that's statistically significant

SPEAKER_02
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okay thank you sir and then this last slide here is just other calls for service kind of like a catch-all of her intoxicated people missing persons abandoned 9-1-1 ones as you can see from the green categories all there everybody's down quite a bit I would like to just point out to false alarms those are anything from business related false alarms to residential which is a fairly significant portion you know 358 files is still a lot a few times that by about half an hour for each file give or take depending on the complexity but you know it's quite a lot of you know it's about 120 hours is manpower to go to a majority of them are business related so yeah I'll kind of leave it at that Canada's act and cannabis control is all quite down we're not enforcing that anywhere obviously so I'm not sure it's it's in there

SPEAKER_03
0:16:11 (0:00:51)

yeah I mean obviously with the Cannabis legislation you know our focus on cannabis is down if we get information or evidence that supports a charge underneath the provincial act then we then we move forward on it but it's just less of an issue these days than it was in the past and I'm not sure people are really that worried about it we're moving through decriminalization right now as well which you know we've had conversations about and what the implications could be and what the impacts could be for that we'll wait and see and maybe we'll have some stats on this I know we're collecting stats right now for next year which will indicate the number of interactions we're having people in a decriminalization a decriminalization context so when we actually do connect with somebody and we hand out those cards that we're handing out when we see somebody with one of the decriminalized drugs we're gonna hopefully have some data for that as well so

SPEAKER_02
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great thank you and then stranded persons they're usually those are SAR related calls so take up a significant amount of time and resources to help folks off you know Mountain Ledges and down from bike trails and things like that total calls for service here um are down 11 um but we'll draw your number your eyes to the fact that relatively minor change one percent in our priority one calls for service which are generate lights and Sirens fairly serious level where we're going to an emergency call so those numbers have remain the same given the 11 drop in calls for service I was having a little fun in our archives here with our 150 anniversary coming along there I don't know if you guys can see that or not that's the old Squamish times I see a smile over here from Mr French so this is actually from 1974. it needs the news paper clippings we have a staff sergeant block Sam I don't know if anybody is around that remember okay we'll get a couple nods at the table and yeah this is during police week so they did a little bit of an article on in the paper there folks out shaking hands visiting greeters and you know during in the Articles like on Saturday they will be winding up police with a foot patrol downtown four regular RCP constables and two auxiliaries will be taking part and greeting people on the street that they meet so not really much has changed it's good we're still doing that this summer yeah it's it was good to see some of the history and I think the middle photo there where they're taking the fingerprints is in the old fire hall building that has now been taken down see some more nods in the back there anyway it was a good little roll down history Lane here and yeah it's good to read these articles I thought I'd share so I just wanted to touch on some of the significant investigations that we had this year over there's some high profile fatalities wrote on the roadways three were on the highway and of course one was downtown we're all familiar with a lot of these investigations especially the downtown one are held with their serious crime and still under investigation we also had several members that were injured on duty as doing part of their investigations I review a lot of the occupational health and safety forms that come in from my members and they've you know you don't really see that or we don't really talk about that members being punched or kicked or spat on some of them had death threats centered towards them and recently some folks have been bitten so it's you know part of the job what we sign up for to do our job but that's kind of a side that we don't generally see one you know there's two significant files from last year one member was during the ground Fondo there was an impaired driver that was heading up the bike lane where all the bike cyclists were so the cyclists were having to peel off out of the way of this vehicle and members rushed up and were able to stop the car and tried to get the mail out of the driver's seat is clearly intoxicated but then the male punched the gas and decided to go and the member got caught up in the vehicle so they were dragged about 20 or 30 feet down the roadway had to go to hospital after that so that mail was eventually stopped and charges are pending for that thankfully and then another um one of our members was arresting trying to arrest a male that had gone through the Cs Scott Trail and had just decided to randomly bear spray a couple folks and in doing that trying to take that gentleman into custody they're bear sprayed in the face so I'm not sure if you guys have experienced bear spray it's pretty traumatic for the for the face and the eyes but he was able to fight through that and to take that gentleman into custody and charges are also pending for that um I would like to recognize the members who attended the funeral the regimental funeral for Constable shield and yang and burnby who was tragically killed in the line of duty we sent a contingent down to represent to see this guy there another significant file members Squamish members assisted in stopping a vehicle last year there was a double shooting murder up in Whistler our some of you might not know the Squamish members were alerted to a specific field to vehicle to be on the lookout for one of our members was alert to that and was able to stop that vehicle and they're able to take those occupants of that vehicle into custody and two males were charged the next day for first degree murder which I think was one of the quickest first degree murder charges they've had is had in a while so it was kudos for those I think the members or yeah received some recognition for that as well

SPEAKER_03
0:22:58 (0:00:40)

yep they did and we're actually the member here that was involved in that it's been recommended for accommodation at the CEO's level certain the commanding officer so whether that gets granted or not it's another matter it's up for those folks that decide it was pretty it doesn't sound like much to say that he stopped a car full of people and watched them thinking that they might be but I mean this member was not knowing um if these people still hug the guns in the car what was their behavior was there going to be an issue and so you know four or five people in the car and he's by himself that was pretty brave what he did and his key reason why we ended up getting them into custody so it was that was a Squamish

SPEAKER_02
0:23:39 (0:03:27)

member yeah and I just wanted to reference this is actually the picture you can see up there with the Firearms we our serious crime team conducted investigation into a local residence that was broken into individual was arrested and charged with the various guns gun offenses had still stolen his guns from the residents um also throughout the year this serious crime team has been busy conducting I think they conducted three Public Safety firms warrants for further Firearms were seized I think in grand total from all three files 66 firearms have been taken off the street so sure that's right no question okay no sorry look again to some of that there thumbs up all good yeah so the getting back to getting back to normal getting back to what the fun stuff that we like to do and talk about which is my passion because I you know as you can see I think I'm up there stealing the stealing the fire department's toy cash mint from their truck we attended many schools in 2022 to help kids learn about community and who is part of the community our first responder groups are so we talked to the kids about you know how to call 9-1-1 how to help drug safety awareness we provided presentations on sextortion bullying healthy choices we also attended law 12 class which is exciting so a lot of kids have the youth have questions about law in general but also a lot are asking questions about law enforcement as a career choice which is exciting so we were happy to attend How Sound in September we also conducted an operation um with bus safety so we have members ride on the school buses because we're getting quite a few complaints from the bus drivers themselves when they were stopping and having the red flashing lights cars were going around so we conducted a little bit under operation on the bus the kids were super excited and happy to have us on there and we were able to issue quite a few tickets not quite a few but several tickets for vehicles that were traveling around so and we did a news release on that so that seemed to have welled weld that behavior we also attended a number of cultural events with Squamish nation and if new including putting new signage up at Quan or defense islands and we also again paddle their canoe on September 30th for Truth and Reconciliation day and then yeah the last or a couple of pictures there we partnered this year with Squamish fire and Marine Star to host cram the cruiser in November I don't actually have a dollar figure but you can see it was thousands upon thousands of dollars the community showed up and were great in donating toys and food to Community Christmas care so I think we filled the whole basement of one of the churches so it was it was fantastic

Lauren Greenlaw
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sorry mayor Hereford has a question

SPEAKER_06
0:27:10 (0:00:19)

yeah thank you just could you could you touch on the couple acronyms here it's been great and acronym free for the for the most part but some of their some of our audience might not catch those so I there's just the two on this side would be great

SPEAKER_02
0:27:29 (0:04:44)

can't Greenlight good if new is integrated First Nations units so they're we have our one member up here who's up in one of those slides there Constable Kelly Dean he's great and msar that's Marine search and rescue thank you I tried I tried yeah so this is a slide on our seasonal policing which I just wanted to highlight and obviously fire Squamish fire rescue there I just wanted to highlight the great working relationship we have with our first responder groups especially Squamish fire we work together on a number of major fires this year including a fatal apartment fire at one of the local apartment buildings there was probably about 75 residents that had to be evacuated from that building so we worked closely with them and trying to get belongings out with the fire and providing housing and shelter with some of the community services and it was just a really organized well done and provided a low impact to the folks that were displaced I mean in all they got back into their building quite quickly so and then the other one was a major fire total loss of an apartment building and a local staple business the wig and pier near and dear to my heart it was my first job I made the mushy peas and did the dish dishes so it was sad to see that go I have a lot of memories there also in the top picture there seasonal policing we had a lot of increased visitor population to our Backcountry including Raves campers were handed a number of tickets under the wildlife act as you can see this photos I actually took this photo in the upper Squamish nobody's at that campsite there's food everywhere and yeah folks were getting fines for that and asked to pack up their stuff and leave we did partner with the nro office last year resulted in a seizure of generator and Rave equipment from the upper Squamish which has drastically reduced the rate of the Raves coming in and these are all being done on environmentally and culturally sensitive areas right so we try to try to keep on top of that stuff just like to touch on some of the things that we're working on throughout the year kind of the longer projects a number of initiatives were started with um Under One Roof and some of our partner agencies Community table to assist it's called the situation table it's a community table to assist to vulnerable folks in the community and also we partnered with Vancouver Coastal Health we're looking at setting up a pilot project called car 99 it's a where mental health practitioner nurse and an RCP officer will provide enhanced Community Care got a couple of great additions this year in 2022 I know it looks odd that that's an addition but our new front counter is now open which is providing a good way of doing business it's more streamlined quicker turnaround times for criminal records checks fingers prints and bylaw Services just to name a few things it's provided more space for our team looks more professional and it's just it's a great space to be in so really appreciate the time and effort that was put into building that space it's going to be kind of it's going to have you know lasting effects down the line and then we also have um the implementation of our watch clerk positions to help assist our Frontline members those folks have all been staffed as of I believe December of 2022 into now that all four positions are in place and they're invaluable doing a lot of admin work on the Fly um things that make processes that might be put off later down the line can actually get done in real time if the need requires like statement transcription so we can actually forward substantive files if there's like a breach of conditions along the way it just it's providing an invaluable service so you want to add something

SPEAKER_03
0:32:13 (0:00:44)

yeah just on that one there it's hard to understate the impact that these four positions have had you know in terms of not only just general support to the watches themselves out doing policing and the administrative side of things it actually allows our members more time on the road there are a lot of tasks that our members were doing which are more administrative paperwork in nature it allows them to be on the road more or to spend more time on more sensitive or a more complicated investigation so it's a it's a we used to call a force multiplier like you can it's hard to it's hard to under a sort of overstate just how valuable so the support for this has been huge and we really appreciate it

SPEAKER_02
0:32:58 (0:01:20)

everything good all right looking forward to 2023 we did complete our town hall public Series in the sea sky for all the detachments in March of this year and we're also looking forward to the start of the situation table all the training for that and grant funding has all been done we're looking to start that fairly shortly I do have a good update hot off the press for our car 99 pilot project we're actually starting that next week so um yeah we're a member will join up with a nurse practitioner and we'll go out and do actually proactive follow-up and checkups so I'm pretty excited about that that's been a long time in the making and then we also have development of neurodivergent training working with youth with that are on Spectrum in the Sea to Sky and supervisor leadership development at the end of May and then the new development of the new Sea to Sky Regional stratplan which was tied into the town halls there and this was also taken on the Royal Hudson it's a good photo I'll turn it back over to the inspector Dykstra to just provide some thoughts on this last slide here

SPEAKER_03
0:34:18 (0:04:19)

all the good stuff has been spoken about so we'll get back to strategic planning which is a really exciting topic now you know the town halls were fabulous we managed to have some really good conversations with people across the community I know that we spoke with Council as well and we learned a lot about what the communities are looking for in relation to policing services and that's becoming and is a foundational piece to what we're doing with our strap plan it's important to me and it's important to us and we as we've mentioned throughout the process is that we're trying to change the narrative we want people to think of us as your RCMP so the rsmp is your RCP as opposed to just the ercmp this is being reflected in the priorities that we're looking at as part of the Strath plan and that this process is expected to be completed with a strap plan for some time in June which will then be able to share you know I can hot off the press so to speak it's not finalized but you know as an example because of the feedback that we receive from the communities we have a draft Mission and a sort of draft Mission which basically is to deliver exceptional policing services that prioritizes the safety of our city Sky communities while fostering a culture of inclusivity trust and accountability valuing and embracing the diverse needs of our residents and visitors that's kind of what we're our working mission is right now which I think is great encompasses a lot of the components that we've talked about and then for a vision this is this was put together for the most part by a group of members who've taken in all of the information from all of the town halls and other conversations and other data that we've collected and this is truly kind of what we want to see ourselves as a police service within the CD sky and within Squamish you know we are a trusted Police Service deeply connected to the communities we serve we are a model of excellence in policing exhibiting the highest levels of professionalism accountability and compassion we excel at fostering Safe Community spaces through Partnerships and proactive policing practices we are the standard to follow regarding fair and Equitable policing practices that create a culture of respect and inclusivity where every individual is valued and treated with dignity that's where we are going and that's our vision and that's what we're going to continue to work towards we're going to be continuing to do policing Services the way the police always have we're going to investigate crime we're going to answer calls for service we're going to deal with issues as we need to but as a service we need to change the way we interact with people we need to change our focus and again with respect to the RCMP in Squamish it is a community Police Service it is a community policing team and this particular team has led operationally by staff sergeant Bradley I don't think the community realizes just how good they have it with him in charge of the operations he's been here a while he understands the community but he's also deeply embedded and this is where we're trying to get our teams towards as well in terms of what the focus and how they are working in the community yeah you couldn't have a better leader in the operational World here than Gareth here so we're working away we'll have a strap plan we need to go in June and we'll be able to share that with everybody this has been a bit of a process but we're excited to see it come to fruition because it's going to be the basis in which we do business over the next several years and that's really all I'm just really super proud of the team we have in Squamish is super strong obviously we have work to do resources are always a challenge it would be remiss if I didn't note that even with calls for service being down it comes down to being able to deliver the quality service that I think the community wants and needs from the police and so we're going to continue to work with the team here to work on making sure we have what we need to provide the best service and finally I'd be remiss without thanking the folks who support us especially we have Linda and Megan who work with us quite directly on a number of different things and we appreciate their support and advice and guidance and we're happy to answer any questions

Lauren Greenlaw
0:38:38 (0:00:41)

thank you so much for that informative presentation we really appreciate all the efforts that our RCMP have undertaken in the district just to keep people informed and the public as well it's really interesting for me to see the breakdown of crimes that are happening that you don't necessarily hear or read about in the media especially if you're not actively looking at it and on behalf of the municipality I would like to thank you for working diligently sometimes putting yourselves In Harm's Way in the name of keeping our community safe and also for keeping our campgrounds nice and spare free that's appreciated as well I'll open it up for questions counselor Stoner is first

Jenna Stoner
0:39:20 (0:00:25)

thank you to the chair thanks for being here in the Folsom presentation today a few questions the first is on the data sets and you did mention kind of Shifting the way that we've been collecting data we have been getting these presentations or something similar to them for a few years though now so I'm curious why we aren't seeing more than just the year over year comparison and when we might be able to have like a longer term perspective

SPEAKER_03
0:39:45 (0:01:38)

so the data that you we were receiving before used to be collected out of the data analysis unit out of headquarters and so it was based on statistics that were gathered from our current systems but we didn't really have control over how that data was being presented to us and so I wanted to make sure that we were collecting our own data from the prime so the occurrence management system so that we could do the comparisons on a year-over-year basis at a much more detailed level and actually we have those statistics this year over year but we collect them on a monthly basis so over time we're going to be able to not only look at what our stats look like year over year but from year over year month to month as well so we can kind of see what the trends are the real the basic answer to that is we weren't able to get the data in a detailed way in a timely fashion so we are now collecting that data monthly and putting it into a data set and collecting it we can go back to previous years but a lot of files do Purge so there are some criminal files that or other investigation files that Don don't result in anything other than a complaint and don't go anywhere and they get urged from the system based on the Privacy Act and regulations some of them are gone in two years some of them gone in three years so if we can't really go back and get a full set of data going forward so yeah I know it sounds funny than 2023 we're looking at two years worth of data we do have data from the province of BC which has the occurrences and criminal data and we can go statscan for years and years back but this is the more detailed occurrence related data we want you to be aware of and so this is something you're going to see every year going forward so

Jenna Stoner
0:41:23 (0:00:19)

thank you and so just on that I know a few years ago we did talk about doing some provincial advocacy to increase the data analyst capacity and I'm just blanking on where that conversation landed so is this an additional resource that is within the Squamish units per se or is it something that is shared with the province

SPEAKER_03
0:41:43 (0:00:30)

that particular data that we were collecting previously was through an analyst which was sitting at the headquarters in Surrey so it's a divisional resource that or sort of a lower mainland District resource um we don't have a specific resource for ourselves I know we talked about getting an analyst still on the agenda of things that we'd like to do we know we have we just got to work on getting the commitment from all the partners and then and then moving that forward that's an objective for this year

Jenna Stoner
0:42:14 (0:00:23)

great thank you so my other question and probably kind of similar I've been saying in this table for five years and I'm still trying to figure out the breakdown of leasing costs across the different players so whenever you can speak a little bit more to seasonal policing and what our current level of effort is that is supported by the province and but yeah how much what that Gap might be

SPEAKER_03
0:42:37 (0:01:55)

the Gap I believe is significant the exact amount I can't say for sure so when we look at Squamish as the number of members that are attached to the Detachment the majority of those members are municipal members but I think it's two or three we have three members that are provincially funded members so that's the provincial contribution currently we are in the middle still of doing our seat of Sky review it's completed and there's some interesting data to that which speaks to calls for service that are related to Municipal versus provincial calls for service that we're still trying to assess that would be a basis in which we would look for maybe some additional provincial members to support some of the activity like the seasonal policing in the outer areas the seasonal policing budget that we get for see this guy is quite small I always forget the numbers I think it's like 15 or 18 000 18. see Gareth knows but that's split between the entire Sea to Sky so that would and I say the entire status guy really that's between Whistler and Squamish that's not nearly sufficient to cover the amount of activity and I think the data does show that on a larger scale the municipality supplements The Province a bit when it comes to the seasonal policing stuff this is one of the priority areas we have to work on this year obviously we'd like to consult with getting sorry consult with the province but maybe getting additional provincial policing members I mean we're looking at communities in the corridor as well that are currently served by that group of people that continue to grow as well so there might be some additional issues that we need resolved there I guess the bottom line answer is that I don't think that the amount that we have right now currently is sufficient but we may do including calling in overtime and charging those over time against provincial co-leaders over need to

Jenna Stoner
0:44:33 (0:00:51)

thank you for that context I did have 18 000 in my mind and I was like there's no way that my memory is serving me correctly um I do believe that you provide a similar presentation at the squamous Regional District board and I hope that we can bring that up at that table as well because that's definitely a regional issue I know the folks north of Pemberton are also dealing with it so I look forward to that further conversation at a regional level my third question is around the decriminalization piece and you touched on it really briefly but I am just curious to hear some of your thoughts we're a few months in what some of the challenges are the impacts if you're feeling any and then also maybe this is a question for Miss Latimer but some of the interaction or intersection with bylaw enforcement and if we're seeing any impacts there especially in terms of enforcement in public spaces like parks

SPEAKER_03
0:45:24 (0:01:06)

I'm just going to jump in real quick and then I'm going to pass it over you know from my for my awareness so far in terms of the city Sky Corridor I mean we're still only a few months into decriminalization so evaluating the impact and effect is it's kind of slow we started in the winter time we're going to get into a busier season so we'll see I know up in Whistler which is not Squamish but up in Whistler we're seeing an increase in the amount of open use of certain drugs Like Cocaine but unlike other areas of the province that are suffering from significant issues related to opioid overdoses and deaths we don't have the same degree of that happening in the cetusky so decriminalization which was targeted towards those kinds of things in the health side of things we don't really have the same kind of impact so it's more just about what are we seeing in the community and I know what we're seeing in Whistler but I haven't really noted any complaints or any real major issues related to decriminalization so far but we're still young in the year but I'll let Gareth speak bit to that a little

SPEAKER_02
0:46:31 (0:00:26)

more yeah the you know business as usual for us right and helping folks get the services they need and you know off the top of my head I think we've only been in that situation where we've had people as a guest in our facility and provide the cards maybe twice so it's not a huge impact yeah

Lauren Greenlaw
0:46:57 (0:00:02)

thank you I'm gonna pass it on oh sorry

SPEAKER_01
0:47:00 (0:00:25)

through the chair um I'll just add to that in terms of the intersect with bylaw we haven't seen any files either on the bylaw side I do know that at the provincial level they are looking at um you know passing a draft bylaw around this but also investigating there's a number of Human Rights considerations and challenges that may that may come out of this so I think we're watching this space at this point

Lauren Greenlaw
0:47:26 (0:00:08)

thank you for that next up for questions is counselor French and I will also point out that we are currently four minutes over

John French
0:47:34 (0:00:29)

thanks chair four minutes over okay well I'll do my best to be concise with the questions um thanks for the presentation great information and I'm particularly interested in learning a little bit more about the car 99 pilot program and kind of what that looks like so first question are we talking about one person providing that mental health expertise or is it two is it three is it a team what's that look like

SPEAKER_02
0:48:03 (0:00:37)

yeah or it's a pilot obviously we're going to Pilot this for about a year so we're going to make space um several hours a week with a nurse practitioner to go with our community team Corporal Langley in our community Response Unit and we're going to pair that off with some members who have an interest in that in that week to week so space will be allotted per week and we'll join up and do some proactive Outreach and connection with the community that needs some follow-up

John French
0:48:41 (0:00:18)

great God I had one of my questions I was going to ask how long the pilot project is 12 months So within a week a typical week are we looking at like three hours of time 40 hours of time what can you break that down a little bit beyond several

SPEAKER_02
0:48:59 (0:00:33)

yeah four hours four to six will be slotted for the I just don't know how long it's going to how much follow-up there might be a need for more so we'll assess that fairly quickly as we're starting next week so we'll start with four hours a week to provide that proactive Outreach and then depending on caseloads you know as I mentioned we're we ourselves are experiencing one file a day I can only imagine what the actual clinicians are seeing so we will expand it or keep it the same as it goes we'll reevaluate

Chris Pettingill
0:49:33 (0:00:01)

great thanks sir

Lauren Greenlaw
0:49:35 (0:00:02)

thank you and counselor Pat and Gill

Chris Pettingill
0:49:37 (0:00:36)

yeah thanks and I just want to comment that I went on a ride along a couple weeks ago and was quite impressed by the I would say the general focus on finding solutions to problems as sort of the first order of business with people so was quite pleased to see that um now my sense though is that there's a and I'm sort of curious if this is an accurate sense or not but that there's a relatively high level of churn and general duty members probably tied to affordability and I'm just wondering if you can if that's accurate or if you can speak to that

SPEAKER_03
0:50:13 (0:01:19)

the answer in short is yes in the Lower Mainland area and in particular we're looking at Whistler and Squamish just because of the cost of housing both from a rental and from an ownership perspective it's getting more challenging to bring members in there are it's a reality it's a cost of living thing and members they make a good salary but it's expensive to get into the market especially when your rent is as a new member your rent is basically half of your pay we're doing okay right now and we're hoping that we're going to find some innovative solutions to provide some form of coverage for members that are coming in that are new we do have some arrangements in Whistler for example where we have a housing we've like recently we came up with a Whistler Sports Legacy we worked with them to get some housing for our Whistler members which is under Market which is good we have some ideas about how we can support some of our members that have to commute back and forth between Surrey because they couldn't afford to buy here but still do the 12-hour day shift plus the hour on either side so for working 14 hours just to try to make it more safe for them housing is expensive for everybody right now and we're not immune to that

Lauren Greenlaw
0:51:33 (0:00:17)

thank you are there any further questions well thank you so much again for keeping us all informed and of course for all you do in our community we really appreciate it mayor Herford I

SPEAKER_06
0:51:51 (0:00:01)

was gonna move termination

Lauren Greenlaw
0:51:53 (0:00:21)

all right move by mayor Herford seconded by I'll give it to counselor stoner okay all in favor thank you so much for joining us today meeting terminated not meeting terminated moving to Reese motion

Jenna Stoner
0:52:14 (0:00:03)

okay thank you