What is a Neighbourhood Officer to you?
Residents are being consulted about what they expect from an enhanced Neighbourhood Officer program ahead of a six-month pilot project to examine the role of Neighbourhood Officers in four Divisions (11, 22, 41 and 42). The last consultation is being held Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at the Chester Le Community Centre (201 Chester Le Blvd.)
“This is an opportunity to hear directly from the community about how they want their services delivered,” said Deputy Chief Peter Yuen, who is overseeing improvements to the program. “We want to grow and change in line with the expectations of the community.”
Neighbourhood Officers have been in place since 2013 in various neighbourhoods throughout the city, assigned to improve safety and promote partnerships in the community. They are assigned for two years to spend a majority of their time policing one neighbourhood.
Deputy Yuen said he wants to hear from the public on four specific questions:
- What attributes do you want your Neighbourhood Officers to have?
- What training do you want them to receive?
- What do you want from the program?
- How long should a Neighbourhood Officer’s tenure last?
The Deputy said the program thrives on public participation and hopes to begin an open dialogue on how to grow the program across the city.