Here’s a notice from the Winnipeg Police Service’s Staff Sergeant Bob Chrismas regarding some upcoming community forums in the neighbourhood:
"Do you have ideas about how to make your community safer? Would you like to have a greater say in how your community is being policed?
Come out and hear Winnipeg Police chief Devon Clunis describe his background, his vision and goals for the Police Service. The Winnipeg Police Service is hosting community forums throughout the city and you are invited to come and share your ideas for positive change.
The next gathering is on May 15, 2013, at Sturgeon Heights Collegiate, 2665 Ness Avenue, for residents of the St. James-Assinboia and surrounding areas.
Food will be served at 5:30 p.m., courtesy of the Winnipeg Police Service and Manitoba Housing, and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., chief Clunis and his executive will be there to talk about the police service’s goals and hear your concerns and ideas for a safer community.
The Winnipeg Police Service vision includes enhanced community engagement, in a model entitled "Crime Prevention Through Social Development."
Community engagement is not a new concept in policing; it is modelled on the founding principle that professional law enforcement is an extension of the public.
Government agencies, non-government service providers, business owners and individual citizens all share in the responsibility to create and maintain safe communities.
In establishing the first professional police force in England in 1829, Sir Robert Peel said, "Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence."
Our community needs are constantly changing and as a police service we need to respond effectively. The social issues facing our city are too complex and far-reaching for any one agency to handle alone. We need to collaborate. We need to build partnerships to maintain and improve our effectiveness.
We need to collaborate more, so that service providers and the entire community are mobilized together.
We are looking for ways to partner better with service providers, community leaders, businesses, schools, the media and individual citizens.
Come out and learn what the police service is doing, hear the vision and offer your ideas."