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Keremeos village and local RCMP visit members of the business community

Mayor and Keremeos RCMP detachment commander team up in a collaborative effort to listen to business owners concerns and offer advice
Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer (left) discusses policing issues with Keremeos Hardware owner Sean Donovan (right). Corporal Mike Gallagher

Keremeos Mayor Manfred Bauer and local RCMP detachment commander Mike Gallgher are making the rounds to village businesses to speak to the proprietors about their business safety and criminal concerns.

The collaborative effort is providing the community with a three way partnership of dialogue and fact sharing that should prove beneficial to all involved.

“Each business has different concerns when it comes to police related issues,” Bauer said of the one on one meetings, the first round of  which took place on Thursday, May 24.

“By meeting with each business owner on an individual basis, we are finding out what the individual concerns are, as well as, hopefully, being able to offer helpful advice.”

The personalized visits are also giving local merchants a chance to put “ a face to the name” in terms of becoming better acquainted with the local detachment commander.

Bauer said he hopes to meet with each business in the village’s main business section over the next few weeks. The one on one meetings complement recent police efforts to make regular foot patrols of the downtown area.