Vancouver Mayor-elect Ken Sim attends a press conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, October 17, 2022. (The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck)
Vancouver’s mayor-elect says he expects the first of 100 additional police officers promised on his election platform to hit the streets within a year.
Ken Shim, who takes office on Nov. 7, said he wants to add mental health nurses as many as police officers, alongside accelerating property permits and making more daycares available. It is one of the top priorities of his party’s 94-point platform.
Mayor-elect’s ABC Vancouver The party will have overwhelming majority on city councils, park committees and school boards.
Shim said the party’s transition team will hold its first meeting on Sunday and will spend the next three weeks developing a plan to implement its commitments to the platform.
He refused to commit to specific property tax caps, city budget delivery schedules, or any other immediate action before the transition team does its work.
The transition team is led by Campaign Manager Kareem Alam and former MP and Surrey Mayor Diane Watts.
“In the coming weeks, we will share more details about what we are rolling out and when.”