YEAR IN REVIEW March: Anger expressed over PSIT review

A review into PSIT revealed the need for the district to better communicate with the public

  • Dec. 28, 2011 9:00 a.m.

The month-long look into the Public Safety Inspection Team turned into a document with three sections and 20 recommendations, all adopted by council and were expected to be phased in over the upcoming months.

The three components are moving forward with public safety inspections, past practices, and notices on title.

The review posed many questions and work is still needed, said Mission’s deputy chief administrative officer, Paul Gipps at the time, who authored the document after gathering input from community members, legal counsel, and other municipalities.

One of the changes council needed to explore was whether or not a full-time team was still required. With fewer properties being flagged based on high hydro consumption, it was recommended the program use a part-time team with in-house resources, and employ specialists when necessary.

The report also stated the district had to communicate better with the public about the program, and the owner and resident of the property up for inspection.

Former Mission Mountie docked one day’s pay

A former Mission RCMP member was given a written reprimand and docked one day’s pay for failing to properly investigate a shots fired call more than two years ago which left Lisa Dudley clinging to life inside her Greenwood Drive home while her boyfriend, Guthrie McKay, lay dead in the same home.

The incident prompted RCMP to adopt a new policy where shots fired calls are a priority and attending members must contact the caller.