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Building a safer community
St. James-Brooklands Ward Report
As I talk with residents at community meetings and events, what continues to come up is the safety of our neighborhoods.
I believe that by getting you involved on the ground level, we will significantly reduce the crime that takes place in our neighborhoods, making it a safer place for our children. This will establish a framework for safety and let unwanted criminals know that the ownership is in the hands of the community.
The City of Winnipeg Community Services in conjunction with the Winnipeg Police has created the Citizen’s Action Network, or C.A.N., as a direct link between the public and the police force.
Though C.A.N. is not to be used for emergencies, this community-based program can include addressing suspicious residents, safety issues such as inadequate lighting in parks and public areas, and fortified houses.
I have always been a strong supporter of these programs and incentives. Not only does it empower you as residents, it allows you to take back your neighborhood and report problem residences or businesses that are habitually used for illegal activities.
While the police force is tasked with preventing crimes, they cannot do this without the participation of the communities they police. Naturally, crime prevention has to come from the community.
The Citizen’s Action Network Program emphasizes the consolidation of Crime Prevention Groups/initiatives and interest groups into one common goal of making their neighborhood a better place to live, but it gives citizens the concept and allows them to make it their own based on the needs of the community while following the safeguards and training put in place.
The entire concept of the C.A.N. Program empowers communities to take an active role by solving problems with the aid of various support agencies- whether that be the Winnipeg Police Department, or Community Services. Every community is different and every need is unique.
This past November I organized a public meeting in Woodhaven, inviting residents to learn more and get involved with the C.A.N. Program. There are two additional meetings being held— one was held at the Courts of St James on April 15th, and another will take place at the Brooklands Senior Centre on April 19th.
I believe we are well on our way to providing the tools necessary to combat crime and make you feel safe in this great city. If you are interested in holding a meeting in your community, feel free to contact my office at 204-986-5848.
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