VICTORIA POLICE ‘EDUCATION’ PLAN FOR DEFECATING ADDICTS IN PIONEER SQUARE: Concerned Citizens’ Coalition President Gregory Hartnell, Constable Mike Russell interviewed on A Channel 12, 5:00 pm, Th., Apr. 8

Louise Hartland, a news reporter recently hired by A Channel 12 Victoria, interviewd Gregory Hartnell, President of the Concerned Citizens’ Coalition, and Constable Mike Russell, Community Resource Officer for the Victoria Police Department today for a news story to be broadcast later today on the 5:00 pm news and possibly the 6:00 pm news. 

The subject: the VicPD’s new plan to ‘educate’ active addicts and alcoholics, in the hope of discouraging them from defecating and urinating on graves in Pioneer Square.

Whether this ‘education’ programme will work to also discourage wide open heroin and crack cocaine injections, crack and heroin smoking, and open alcohol drinking parties from continuing to degrade the Pioneer Square will remain to be seen.

Frankly, and I told Louise Hartland this in my interview, it is a desperate situation in that cemetery park, and so one can only hope.

The real issue is the lack of treatment for those addicts who need and want it now.

The policing issue in the  cemetery park is very important but is secondary to that of lack of proper abstinence-based treatment.

– Gregory Hartnell, President

Concerned Citizens’ Coalition

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2 Responses to VICTORIA POLICE ‘EDUCATION’ PLAN FOR DEFECATING ADDICTS IN PIONEER SQUARE: Concerned Citizens’ Coalition President Gregory Hartnell, Constable Mike Russell interviewed on A Channel 12, 5:00 pm, Th., Apr. 8

  1. Evan@mvb says:

    Dear CCC,

    I am also a concerned citizen of Victoria and have, in fact, started a website: http://makevictoriabetter.com

    Please, reply should you be interested in establishing an online connection of some kind.

    Thank you very much,

    Evan

  2. albe says:

    Also put me down as concerned, the pattern of behaviour seems to be use in the park then unload ones’ bowels.
    a Johnny , or portable toilet may be rented to provide as do special occasion pot-a-potties at the Shippoint.
    The users may not be easy to dehabituate, or deprogramme from a patrol car. I would scoot if I saw a cruiser, quickly.
    But I may not appreciate the bahaviour when open usage is now de facto tolerated, and for a long time.

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