Teri Towner | Community Builder | Inspirational Speaker | Coquitlam City Councillor

Public Safety

I support excellence in police and fire response. I am very proud of the work both Coquitlam RCMP and Coquitlam firefighters provided to assist with the BC wildfires during the provincial states of emergency these past two years.  Their commitment and dedication to our community is top-notch.    

Coquitlam is a safe place to live and raise our children and we are fortunate to have effective public safety strategies, initiatives and dedicated, professional police and fire personnel. 

Because of proactive policing and the work of the Uniformed Crime reduction Unit (UCRU) crime did not increase with the introduction of the Evergreen Line to our city. 

But public safety isn’t just about police and fire response.  I have been advancing traffic safety initiatives, particularly around our schools,(for more info: https://www.teritowner.ca/teris-platform/community-centred/ ) as well as road infrastructure improvements.  From small changes such as suggesting “No Parking” signs where I see a hazard to larger, more significant changes such as improvements along the Lougheed Highway corridor and the Brunette Interchange.  I will continue to work with our Traffic experts to make changes to improve safety and will continue to advocate to the levels of government responsible for the larger road infrastructure projects. 

Crosswalk flags on Mundy Road

Speeding vehicles in our neighbourhoods is a significant concern.  I will continue to advocate for the Speed Watch initiative, for more flashing signage reminding drivers to slow down and for an increased police presence on our streets where speed is prevalent. We have more residents, more traffic and it makes sense to also have more enforcement of driving behaviour on the roads. 

I attended the Sept 18, 2018 news conference launching Project Scarecrow – an initiative that is aimed at slowing speeding motorists down.  I enthusiastically support any and all initiatives aimed at addressing the issue of speed in our neighbourhoods.  https://www.teritowner.ca/2018/09/a-creative-tool-to-address-speeding-in-our-neighbourhoods/

Sadly, we are in the midst of an opiod crisis and Coquitlam is not immune to it.  The Riverview site should be re-purposed to provide an increased level of mental illness and addiction treatment.  With respect to safety, we must take measure to address the public safety aspects of addiction.  This includes improperly discarded needles.  It breaks my heart to hear that some families avoid certain parks and green spaces because of the fear of coming across a discarded syringe. Through my work on the 3030 Gordon Emergency Shelter Task Force, I will be advocating to harm reduction agencies to help address this concern.  I will also push to have more sharps collections containers installed in our community.  One pricked person is one too many. 

Living safely with our city’s wildlife is also very important.  We are blessed to be surrounded by mountains, a river, streams, forests and an abundance of green space.  With that abundance of beauty comes wildlife.  I have been very vocal with respect to education and outreach efforts informing residents how to live safely and I will continue to do so.  For more info: https://www.teritowner.ca/2018/07/using-a-dead-habituated-bear-for-educational-purposes/

Coquitlam is a safe place to live and raise a family and I believe we can all work together to keep it that way.