B.C.’s Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth and Director of Police Services Glen Lewis visited Cranbrook to meet with city council and talk about local safety concerns.
Lewis is accompanying Farnworth for a tour of the Kootenay Interior, with stops in Cranbrook and several other communities.
City officials said they met with Cranbrook’s council on Wednesday for a Safer Communities Roundtable discussion.
“On behalf of Council, I want to thank Minister Farnworth for taking the time to meet with Council,” said Mayor Wayne Price. “I was certainly left with the impression that both Minister Farnworth and Mr. Lewis were truly concerned with the safety issues in Cranbrook and are committed to working with the City on these issues.”
They spoke about identifying top safety concerns in the community and what changes are needed to make Cranbrook safer.
“Of the local public safety, crime (specifically frequent and repeat theft and property crime), drugs and enforcement concerns we brought forward about Cranbrook, they were aware of our issues and indicated they are in the process of looking at changes in programs available in order to address them,” says Mayor Price. “We also discussed social issues, affordable housing other partnership opportunities between the Province and the City for improving the safety of living in Cranbrook.”