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Councillor wants to see new community policing centre in Mount Pleasant

The neighbourhood currently lies in three community policing centres
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Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung is proposing a community policing centre in Mount Pleasant following the efforts of the local business association in 2022.

A twelfth community policing centre could be coming to Vancouver.

Coun. Sarah Kirby-Yung wants to see a plan and funding options for a new station in Mount Pleasant. In a motion scheduled to be part of the July 20 council meeting she notes that the neighbourhood has seen significant growth over the past decade and the local business improvement association is requesting a centre to help serve the area.

"The Mount Pleasant BIA (MPBIA) has identified that the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood intersects with three separate CPCs, and feels it cannot be appropriately serviced by these CPCs due to the rapid and ongoing growth of Mount Pleasant," states the motion.

With the new Broadway subway line adding a new major transit stop to the area, that growth is expected to continue.

Right now Mount Pleasant is split between the Kitsilano-Fairview, Chinatown and Collingwood centres, though parts of the neighbourhood are closer to the Grandview Woodland station. The suggested area for the proposed centre would go from Cambie Street to Clark Drive, 16th to Great Northern Way, and would encompass Olympic Village to the waterfront

The MPBIA has also gathered support from other local organizations to help create a not-for-profit governing society.

Community policing centres are partnerships between community members, staff, volunteers and the Vancouver Police Department.

Kirby-Yung's motion, if approved, would direct staff to consider the centre as part of the 2022 draft budget.