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100 years at the Wilkinson Road Jail

This article by Richard Watts is about the Wilkinson Road Jail, aka VIRCC, which turns 100 this month. It is a long article but worth the read. It is interesting to see how the use of the jail has changed over time, and also how security has tightened up in recent decades.

I take my hat off to the correctional officers who work in this prison. I don’t imagine for a second that this is an easy place to work. The executive director of the local branch of the John Howard Society praises some of the wardens and staff at this jail:

Dave Johnson, executive director of the prisoners’ advocacy group the John Howard Society in Victoria credits the various wardens and staff serving at Wilkie.

“We have been so fortunate,” said Johnson, a 20-year veteran of prison work. “They have had some really, really good wardens out at Wilkie.”

He said the institution has also had success with a community advisory committee, which has representatives from the surrounding neighborhood, B.C. Corrections and inmates. And in the midst of cost-cutting, the institution always finds a way to provide programs and assistance to inmates.

Task force on municipal policing costs (part 2)

Here is another article about the 1978 task force on municipal policing costs.  The article is from the Spring 1979 issue of the British Columbia Police Journal.  I scanned it from a hard copy of the magazine. You won’t find it anywhere else on the web.

The article outlines a number of “principles” affirmed by the task force, including this one:

Current municipal contributions for police protection place a strain on local taxpayers in municipalities responsible for policing. Furthermore, the proportion of municipal expenditures going toward policing is increasing annually.

Of course, elected officials from 1978 would be shocked by the costs of policing in 2013.

And this one has been debated many times since 1978:

Some municipalities incur greater police costs as a result of special problems which they experience. The Task Force believes these municipalities should receive special assistance.

Regional policing services examined by task force

Regional policing is a hot topic right now in the Capital Regional District. It has also been studied on a number of occasions in the past.  This article is from the Autumn 1978 issue of the British Columbia Police Journal. Here is an excerpt:

The major purpose of the project is to examine policing costs in British Columbia, how they are shared among Municipal, Provincial and Federal Governments and then to consider practical cost-sharing alternatives. The terms of reference also require a study of the possibility of regional delivery of policing services and other cost-related issues.

Safe driving tips from Steve Wallace

Steve Wallace has a good column in the Times-Colonist newspaper. He provides a few unique driving safety tips, including this one:

I pay special attention to certain types of vehicles. I avoid driving in close proximity to rental moving vans. There are certain companies that have been criticized for the extremely poor mechanical condition of their fleet. The people who rent these types of vehicles only have to possess a regular class 5 licence and are seldom familiar with controlling such a big truck or trailer. I doubt very much whether many of them have driven anything bigger than a small sedan. They usually have a huge load to transport and are not fully appreciative of the braking time and distance necessary to stop safely. Tying down such a load in order to avoid it shifting while in transit is not something a novice rental driver would think of doing.

A short video about crime, charity and kindness…