Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Terrace businness community welcomes a boots on the ground approach to downtown law enforcement

Terrace's downtown business community, weary of the high number of drunk and disorderly people causing trouble in their part of town are hopeful that a new program may make the downtown core a more welcoming place and rid it of the troublesome elements that have chased away business.

The Terrace RCMP has instituted a two man foot patrol unit in the downtown area, added visibility to the troubled areas of town and one which local business owners and citizens hope will reduce the amount of crime and improper behaviour in that part of the city.

The RCMP are also hoping to have Terrace City council approve a new parks and public places bylaw, an additional way to remove troublemakers by assessing a 200 dollar fine for each offence such as defecating or urinating in public, participating in a fight or consuming or possessing alcohol or a controlled substance.

The foot patrol project was created after Terrace Business leaders went to the city last year with a number of complaints and a demand for attention to the deteriorating conditions in the downtown area.
It will be a project and possible solution that Prince Rupert's Business community will be watching closely, to see if some of the Terrace solutions may work on Rupert's downtown troubles.

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