More than 1100 people signed the Safe Streets petition started by the Campbell River Downtown BIA. The organization represents business owners who have been vocal about reducing criminal activity in the Downtown core. In May 2018 the City responded by approving new funding to open a Safer Downtown Office, housing the By Law Enforcement Office with an additional bylaw officer, Foot Prints Security and a check point for the RCMP. The Office officially opened in July 2018.
“People have been incredible in supporting this initiative and on all counts we have been heard,” say BIA Co-Chairs Heather Gordon Murphy and Lisa Whitmore. “This is going to change the landscape of our Downtown and in a big way.” The BIA will work closely with two new committees that will address short and long term solutions. One is a working group of representatives from all City departments including the RCMP; the other is a Community Health and Safety Advisory Committee The BIA is in full support of the Safer Downtown Initiative and committed to participating in this timely new vision for a safe and supportive Downtown environment for all residents of Campbell River. “It is because the people of this city have stepped up and said enough is enough,” says Gordon Murphy. “This is the the beginning and we are ready to support the best path for those who need our help. It is a turning point for our city.”
The Downtown Safety Office is located at 1302 Shoppers Row
T. 250 286-5776