VPD Superintendent Warren Lemcke announced a new public safety initiative aimed at keeping organized criminals out of Vancouver restaurants. Similar to the successful Bar Watch program, Restaurant Watch will involve staff and owners of local restaurants calling police if they suspect someone fits these four criteria:
- gang member
- gang associate
- drug trafficker
- someone with propensity for violence
The onus will be on police to determine if the people are actually removed from the restaurant, providing a measure of safety and security for the staff. In addition, uniform and plainclothes officers will do periodic walk-throughs of participating restaurants.
Mark Von Schellwitz, Western Canada Vice President of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association, says their members want to send a clear message. "Organized criminals are not welcome in Vancouver restaurants."
"We have 40 downtown restaurants committed to this program," says Ian Tostenson, President and CEO of BCRFA, the British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association. "We anticipate that number will grow after this launch."
Superintendent Lemcke says the program will give more eyes and ears to police and ensure the public has a safe and enjoyable experience while dining out. "We're not going to tolerate violence from these criminals," he says. "They're not welcome in the City of Vancouver."
RESTAURANT WATCH - PARTICIPANT LIST
Browns - Yaletown and Kitsilano
Cactus Club - Robson, Yaletown and Bentall
Earls - On Top and Paramount
Goldfish Pacific Kitchen
Joey's - Burrard
Keg - Caesars, Thurlow and Granville Island
Lucy Mae Brown's
Milestones - Robson, English Bay and Yaletown
Morton's Steak House
Moxies - Broadway, Robson, Davie and Georgia
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