Safety and Security
“Everyone needs to feel safe.”
Gang violence in 2011 in Kelowna is a reminder that we need to remain vigilant in developing a strong and effective Protective Services plan.
The Kelowna RCMP and the Kelowna Fire Department must be adequately resourced to do the job that is asked of them. I have supported the expansion of Protective Services in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Over this period the City added approximately 20 more RCMP officers and support staff to the local police force. The RCMP are now well resourced to do the important job we ask of them.
A second important initiative of the City of Kelowna is to build a new RCMP police station. This in needed and is long overdue. Construction will begin in 2015. Unfortunately this building is very expensive to build. The Project is $48 million dollars and will have an impact on property taxes in 2015-2017. I supported this increase because I know citizens want safety and security. The increase for the new RCMP building and the new RCMP officers amounts to appoximately 1.5% per year over tghe next three years.
Approximately 1/3 of the taxes the City collects each year are used to fund protective services. This is the RCMP and the Kelowna Fire Department.
In the 2013 community satisfaction survey 97% of Kelowna respondants were satisfied with fire and rescue services.