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MP Neighbours Patrol Program
Hastings Crossing BIA and Mission Possible are pleased to provide the MP Neighbours Patrol Program to our businesses.
Through this program, our MP Neighbour Teams provide the following services to our members:
- Regular check-ins with your business and staff to ensure safety
- On-call response to safety concerns within your business including de-escalation
- Needle removal from your business
The teams also conduct daily walkabouts within the district ensuring safety of community members, visitors, and businesses. They will refer community members to appropriate services, report illegal dumpings and graffiti, safe disposal of needles, respond to deescalation needs on the street, and more.
About Mission Possible
Mission Possible and MP Neighbours is a social enterprise that offers its services to businesses and properties while creating employment opportunities for local Downtown Eastside residents, many of whom have experienced barriers to employment.
The residents employed through the MP Neighbours program have a cultural sensitivity for the area. This allows them to better assist businesses in diffusing situations that they may not know how to deal with. In addition, every year millions of dollars in taxes are spent on first responders in Vancouver – tax dollars that could be spent on many other things. In this way, the MP Neighbours program is a preventative model. In making use of the MP Neighbours program, businesses can also prevent a potential situation where a first responder may need to be called.