Approaching nearly one year on the job, Vancouver’s new Police Chief joined Lynda Steele in studio today to talk about some of the city’s biggest issues.
Palmer weighed in on the fracas over the location of the city’s annual 4/20 marijuana smoke in, suggesting the new venue at Sunset Beach was more appropriate.
“I get the Park Board concerns totally, it’s one of those things that nobody wants to have in their backyard. I realize there are concerns no matter where it is held so I think moving the site to Sunset Beach is actually a good call.”
He also touched on the hot topic of dispensaries, explaining that while the police will raid dispensaries known to be linked to organized crime or selling to youth, they’re de-prioritized otherwise.
As for dispensaries operating in violation of the city’s new bylaws?
“The regulatory scheme by the city is a different animal, and they’re going to try and regulate dispensaries … But that’s a city of Vancouver process, and not related to the criminal law.”
Palmer also touched on police work on the front lines of the city’s mental health problems, explaining the force’s proactive policy.
But he admits, “in the last couple of decades it’s gotten worse and worse.”
He also took calls from you, Vancouver. Listen in below to hear the full studio session.