Chilliwack community policing gets $30G boost from city

Council voted to grant a total of $216,000 to Chilliwack Community Policing Society, recognizing the program value for the money.

Programs like Block Watch and Crime Free Multi-Family Housing provide “good value” for the money for Chilliwack, according to officials with Chilliwack Community Policing Society.

That was part of their pitch for additional funding from City of Chilliwack for 2013, and it worked.

Council voted in favour of the application last Tuesday granting a total of $216,000 to Chilliwack CPS.

That’s up from $186,000 last year, granted under the Community Development Initiatives Funding Program, and the increase is an extra $30,000 to cover expenses.

“The Society continues to experience a reduction in public donations due to the poor economy and a loss of parking revenues from the Chilliwack Bruins, and the change in Heritage Park Management,” according to CPS officials in their funding application letter to the city.

“This loss of revenue has resulted in the Society using much of their past surplus to fund current operations.

CPS provides community-based policing services, like Citizens on Patrol, Block Watch, Grow Watch, Crime Free Multi-family Housing. It provides an Access Centre for the public out of the downtown office on Wellington Avenue.

Coun. Chuck Stam said he was happy to support the increase.

“We would pay substantially more for these services on an outsourcing basis,” he said.

The range of community policing services are “great programs that are seeing some great results,” Stam added. “It’s all proactive policing.”