- we have given additional training to our staff who deal with records to ensure that these scoring issues don’t resurface.
- we have reopened 12 of these files to investigate further avenues
- we have moved our Child Abuse Unit to the Child Advocacy Centre where we can work more closely with our local partners and create a supportive environment for victimized children and their families
- we have started a 4 person Sexual Assault unit to support, guide and monitor our officers during these investigations
- we have begun mandatory training for all Kelowna officers on trauma, sexual assault investigations, and bias to ensure we properly and thoroughly investigate all sexual assaults that are reported to us.
- we have created an 8 member GIST unit that is embedded in our watches to mentor our front line officers and monitor and guide larger investigations.
Archives for February 27, 2020
Spirit Ridge Indigenous restaurant honoured
Four Okanagan businesses have been nominated for 2020 BC Tourism Industry Awards.The winners will be honoured during the BC Tourism Industry Conference next week in Victoria
Big White Ski Resort, Wicked Wine Tour’s Gerald Lafortune, and Ogopogo Tours all cracked the final three of their respective categories, as did
The Bear, The Fish, The Root, The Berry – a restaurant at Spirit Ridge Resort in Osoyoos, is a finalist for the Remarkable Experience Award, which recognizes a business or organization that has developed, delivered, promoted and sold a new or improved tourism product or experience that reflects the essence of B.C. and contributes to a remarkable visitor experience.
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
Minister approves establishment of a Surrey police board
SURREY – Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has granted approval to create a municipal police board for the City of Surrey – the next stage in the plan to transition from the RCMP to a municipal police department.
Having considered the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee’s report, as well as the recommendation of the director of police services, in line with section 3 of the Police Act, the minister is confident that the key aspects of the transition plan that required more detail have been thoroughly considered.
Chaired by Wally Oppal, the Provincial Municipal Policing Transition Study Committee included representatives from the City of Surrey, the ministry and independent consultants with specialized expertise. The committee was established in August 2019 to ensure the City of Surrey’s transition plan addressed all key issues, and its work has now concluded.
Feb. 27th, 2020
Subject: Sportsmen’s Bowl Flooding Disaster 2018
All the flooding in area C in the spring of 2018, has been corrected by large culverts other then Park Rill Creek in the Sportsmen’s Bowl area.
There has been 20 large box culverts funded by the province of BC, in the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen ( RDOS) area C,installed in 2019 in the Willowbrook area, which collects storm water to Park Rill Creek, and then flows through Sportsmen’s Bowl properties.
There has been 20 large box culverts funded by the province of BC, installed in 2019, in the RDOS area C, Road 5, Road 6, and Road 9. Why was the Sportsmen’s Bowl area ignored?
The most devastating flood was Park Rill Creek through the Sportsmen’s Bowl area, which was put into the State of Emergency and evacuated and is still under temporary water drainage.
The other areas that had the new culverts upgraded in 2019, are currently dry. Park Rill Creek in the Sportsmen’s Bowl Road, has never stopped flowing. The current water flow is presently above normal. BC River Forecast Centre has now predicted the snow is 148% above normal. The weather scientist has predicted a warm wet spring.
The residents of Sportsmen’s Bowl Road have three major concerns.
1) Are the three 22 inch culverts installed in 1953,under Highway 97, capable of taking the flood waters which are predicted for 2020 (as it failed in the flood of 2018)?
2) The waters flowing down Sportsmen’s Bowl Road to be put back in the original Park Rill Creek
3) The flood of 2018 caused a twenty to thirty foot vertical gully in Park Rill Creek between Secrest Hill Road and the South Okanagan Sportsmen’s Association access road. An increase of predicted water flow may cause this area to collapse, thus causing the waters to be dammed and another disaster.
We’ve been ignored for two years! No ministries have taken ownership. We are asking someone to acknowledge our requests. We feel we are the “forgotten area” from the flood of 2018. Will someone please take the time to acknowledge our concerns before spring freshet?
Waiting for a quick response,
Spokesperson for Sportsmen’s Bowl area