In need of a positive vibe for a Friday?
Undercover police operation in Downtown Eastside uncovers kindness (The Province newspaper).
Police trying to identify who is attacking vulnerable people in Vancouver’s downtown eastside (DTES) set up a sting. A policeman posed as a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic with a very obvious iPad, camera, visible cash sticking out of a bag, and the like. In other words a very soft target for those that might have criminal urges. Even individuals known to the police, people with criminal backgrounds actually offered to help “the bait”. He was asked if he had somewhere safe to sleep, given money and food. The sting actually came away with an extra $24, and the police found nothing but positive observations after 300 interactions. The “target” was warned about leaving his valuables so visible and the money was actually put away for him rather than stolen as one might expect.
The hunt still continues for the person attacking some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable, but the message is clear – this community , one of the most challenged in Vancouver, is looking out for its own just as much as the police are!