VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A Vancouver mayoral candidate wants surveillance cameras to be switched on for big gatherings, especially in the wake of the Stanley Cup riot.
It’s one of several suggestions NPA city councillor Suzanne Anton has for the provincial riot investigation. “Fifteen CCTV cameras were running during the Stanley Cup Finals. What we need though is public clarity on when they’re going to be used,” says Anton.
“I’d certainly be very much in favour of them being used at large events. People expect those events to be run safely, that when you come into Vancouver for an event or when you come downtown for an event that you’re going to be safe. One of the ways to maintain public safety is to keep a good eye on things and the cameras let you do that.”
Anton wonders why Mayor Gregor Robertson hasn’t brought the issue to council yet.
The mayoral candidate also wants a regional police force to watch over big events. “Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu was put in an impossible position having to keep safety amongst 150,000 people with his small force of under 1,300 officers,” she insists. “For big events in particular there needs to be a strong regional focus on how to keep those events safe.”
Dozens of Mounties and several municipal police officers were called into downtown Vancouver to help put down the riot, although Chu has said he wishes there were more officers on the streets.