The BC Government announced the development of 12 hubs of police, dedicated prosecutors and probation officers focused on tackling repeat violent offenders in every region of the province. The hubs will work with local stakeholders and other existing programs, such as situation tables and Assertive Community Treatment teams, through collaborative information sharing.
“We are pleased to see the BC Government developing hubs that will allow all stakeholders to work together to deal with repeat offenders,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The Surrey Board of Trade has had a longstanding policy on repeat offenders because the economic development of any community relies upon its reputation to be a safe, viable region in which to locate and do business in, with supporting infrastructure, community assets and, most importantly, customers willing to go to businesses. We know that repeat offenders cause distress to the public and to businesses, leading some businesses shut down or relocate, and others choose not to open shop in certain areas.”
The initiative is structured to meet the unique needs of each community. Housing, counselling, rehabilitation programs, and employment skills are essential to reintegrating prolific offenders into society. Greater supportive programs are also needed.
Read the full Surrey Board of Trade policy here.