WATCH: Victoria Police have released a letter they sent to the provincial government last November outlining their concerns about a growing tent city outside the courthouse and urging the province to take action
Last fall there were just a few tents populating the Victoria courthouse lawn.
But today it is a very different picture with more than 100 tents and structures on the government-owned property.
On Friday the residents group ‘Mad as Hell’ argued the province could have prevented the problem if it had acted when Victoria Police sent a letter last fall warning of the potential issues.
On Monday that letter, sent by Deputy Chief Steve Ing to the Assistant Deputy Justice Minister on November 20, 2015, was made public.
In the letter Ing says “allowing entrenchment of campers in an open area that has not been designed for permanent camping leads to numerous public safety and public order issues.”
He adds “past experience has also shown that a proactive approach to these types of situations is preferable to a reactive approach once the situation reaches a critical level.”
Ing also offered assistance in managing the situation.
On Friday the province responded saying forcing the campers out would have only pushed the problem elsewhere, and they chose to focus on long-term solutions instead.