After two summers of patrols on both sides of the river, red-shirted CAP Team members will not return to the North Shore in 2020.
North Shore Business Improvement Association (NSBIA) executive director Jeremy Heighton said the decision was made after conversations with the ASK Wellness Society, city bylaws staff and Kamloops RCMP.
CAP Team stands for Customer Care and Patrol Team, a program that sees young people working to direct tourists and help the homeless. The program started in 2004 in the downtown core and was expanded to North Kamloops on a pilot basis for the summers of 2018 and 2019.
Heighton said the North Shore CAP Team patrols had become more street outreach than promotion, so the NSBIA board looked at how to best deal with street issues.
“When the board looked at the function of the CAP Team, which is largely community ambassadorial, we looked at whether the CAP Team was appropriate for this side of the river,” he said.
“What we determined was it’s not. We determined we need to have appropriate street outreach from ASK Wellness, appropriate bylaws enforcement by the City of Kamloops and appropriate patrols from RCMP. We need to provide more support to those agencies.”
Heighton said the North Shore typically hosts about three large-scale events per summer, compared to approximately 50 such events downtown — providing a lot more work for CAP patrollers — not to mention the number of tourists visiting downtown Kamloops on a daily basis throughout the summer.
“Right now, it’s a better fit for downtown than it is for here,” he said. “We may revisit this in a couple of years, but right now it’s not the right fit.”
The CAP Team was not a large item in the NSBIA’s budget. Heighton said the North Shore patrols cost about $30,000 per year, $20,000 of which was covered by the city.
CAP patrols had taken place on the North Shore between May and September. Since 2015, patrols in the downtown core have been year-round.