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REPORTING · 6th July 2010
Merv Ritchie
Less than two years ago, Terrace City Council determined to work with the business community and the RCMP to clean up the city streets and the downtown shopping area, along with George Little Park, of the vagrant and intoxicated persons. At times it was embarrassing to observe the extremely rude and obnoxious behaviour of a small minority of the population.

Last summer staff sergeant, now inspector, Eric Stubbs told us that after they began to address the problem it shortly became difficult to even locate the vagrants.

Yesterday, Monday, July 5th, members of the Crime Reduction Unit report the same kind of results again this year. They have been actively searching out and speaking with some of these individuals in the morning before they start drinking. They have developed good relationships with many of Terrace's chronic alcoholics. They know where they live, where they hang out, and where to find them.

One officer described how the conversations in the early morning hours would involve discussing the potential of later morning and early afternoon drinking which would conclude with the chronic alcoholic agreeing to find a place indoors, or at least out of sight, to avoid further harassment and difficulty.

They report that from an average of five encounters a day they are now down to between one and two. Families have returned to George Little Park with their children and can be observed enjoying the space day and night. The business community also reports an exceptional change in the downtown livability and comfort.

The new RCMP Staff Sergeant Rob Prichett, according the Crime Reduction Unit officers, continues to maintain the good morale established by Inspector Stubbs in the Terrace RCMP detachment.