Court watch needed Williams Lake Mayor says

Williams Lake Mayor Walt Cobb said he hopes Monday's shooting at a home in a residential area of the city and subsequent arrest of one man will encourage people to finally consider volunteering for court watch.

"When we met with the Minister of Public Safety last Friday, one of the things that came up was that we feel our current court system is not dealing with people sufficiently," Cobb said during Tuesday evening's city council meeting. "We have a court watch program, but right now we have no volunteers."

People who are part of a court watch program sit in court, watch, take notes and listen to the judge's decision, especially when the court is dealing with prolific offenders, Cobb continued.

"We need the judges to understand what our community is up against. Without local input, often our judges are not from town and don't understand the workings of the community."

If judges understand the community is upset and wants decent sentencings, it would make a difference, he added.

"Let's get the court watch back up in operation so we can make sure that the decisions that are coming down are going to be beneficial to our community."

Cobb said people interested in volunteering for the program can contact him or community safety co-ordinator Dave Dickson.

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