Vancouver Agreement Safety and Security

Safety & Security Projects


Children of the Street Society

DISC (Deter Identify Sex Trade Consumers)

DISC is a unique and innovative database system, developed by the Vancouver Police Department, that allows police to identify and track those associated with the youth sex trade, including pimps, recruiters, johns, and prostitutes. The data provides information to investigators and is shared among jurisdictions that adopt the DISC system. The objectives of the project were to develop a business plan for expansion of the DISC program and to increase DISC’s public-private partnerships. In addition, the Keeping Exploited Youth Safe (KEYS) initiative facilitated community education and youth interactive prevention workshops in Kamloops, Comox, Whistler and Cranbrook.  (2004)

City of Vancouver (Vancouver Police, Legal & Inspections Departments)

Enhanced Enforcement Initiative

This initiative targeted the infrastructure of illegitimate businesses that perpetuate the cycle of drugs and crime in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) as well as ensuring public order and safety around the Supervised Injection Site (S.I.S.). It also included joint health and safety training for Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Coastal Health staff whose work includes activities at the S.I.S. (2004) Read the report.

City of Vancouver

Community Court Placement

The Community Court hired a Community Service Supervisor to assist clients in doing community service work such as cleaning, removing posters from poles, watering plants and weeding. This gave clients opportunities to give back to the community, and increased opportunities for rehabilitation. (2008)

Hotel Analysis Project

The purpose of this project was to find ways to stop disinvestment in the Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotel stock and to support better housing either through improvements to existing sites or through the City of Vancouver’s policy of one-to-one replacement of closed SRO units. Several city and provincial government departments conducted an in-depth review of conditions in 54 SROs in the DTES. The group then implemented most of the recommendations. (2006) Read the reports: Recomendations for Action, Summary of Findings.

Pedestrian Safety Project

For pedestrian safety, the two worst hotspots city-wide are in the DTES. Important physical pedestrian safety countermeasures are required such as special crosswalks, signals and bulges to reduce traumatic pedestrian injuries.   This project will:

  • Engage Downtown Eastside residents in creating awareness about pedestrian safety in their community
  • Increase knowledge about factors contributing to making the DTES the most hazardous area for pedestrians in Vancouver
  • Propose concrete and realistic solutions that will make the Downtown Eastside safer for pedestrians. (2009)

Princess Avenue Interpretive Walk

Strathcona Community School and Centre in partnership with the City made several improvements to make Princess Avenue an important child and family friendly pedestrian route.  Murals, sidewalk stamps, a children’s silhouette sign, information marker, ramps, crosswalks and a traffic signal provide for pedestrian safety and build on the strong sense of community that exists in this historic neighbourhood.  (2009)

Short Term Cart & Belongings Storage

First United Church ran a six month pilot to explore the service needs for a cart storage facility in the DTES.  The service provided storage for carts and bins owned by homeless individuals as well as low threshold work and volunteer opportunities for DTES residents.  Safe storage enabled homeless people to access services without worrying about the safety of their belongings.  (2009)

Coordinated Youth Alert System Pilot Project

The goal of this pilot project was to enhance early intervention and case management of potentially at-risk youth through coordinated information sharing among agencies such as schools, provincial Ministry of Children and Family Development, police and health departments. This coordinated approach aims to ensure that youth in need of assistance receive appropriate support before their health, safety or educational opportunities are compromised, or before the entrenchment of high-risk behaviours such as drug use or prostitution. This funding was used to develop a business plan. (2004)

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