Building Safe Communities
Building Safe Communities is pilot project using a community development approach to working with community associations and identified partners to provide citizens of Calgary with the tools and resources to support resident-led strategies on crime prevention and safety. Through our partnership with community associations, we aim to not only impact crime and safety in your community but also increased resident engagement in your neighbourhood!
The project has two areas of focus: Community Engagement and a Virtual Resource Centre
Community Engagement: The program operates in communities who have participated in a selection process. Federation staff members facilitate safety assessments in these communities and works with residents to identify strategies and initiatives focused on preventing and reducing crime and creating safe communities. Stakeholders such as the Calgary Police Service and City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services are also engaged in the process. The emphasis on these strategies is crime prevention through citizen led initiatives and participation.
A Virtual Resource Centre on Safety and Crime Prevention provides resources to individuals and community groups, such as crime prevention tip sheets on topics like Graffiti, Vandalism, Personal Safety, links to other resources and research. As the pilot progresses, more resources will be available on the Virtual Resource Centre. Check back as we are always adding resources!
As part of the Federation’s new “Building Safe Communities” service, tip sheets have been designed as the initial resource for this service. These tip sheets contain useful information on personal, home, and neighbourhood safety.
NEW! Check out this brand new resource! A ‘How To’ guide for starting a walking group within your community: Around The Block: Let’s Walk!
HELPFUL WEBSITE LINKS
Cybertip.ca’s mandate is to protect children from online sexual exploitation. Check it out at www.cybertip.ca
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a charitable organization dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Their goal is to reduce child victimization by providing programs and services to Canadians. Visit them here www.protectchildren.ca
The Canadian Anti Fraud Centre (CAFC) is the central fraud repository in Canada that collects information and criminal intelligence on fraud schemes, referred to as mass marketing fraud, that target mass victims. Complaints are received from Canadian consumers and / or victims and others where there is a connection to Canada. Check them out here www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization that takes calls from people who want to report a crime and wish to remain totally anonymous. Crime Stoppers is one way that citizens can assist police by providing information and never having to identify themselves or testify in court. Check them out here www.calgarycrimestoppers.org
The Calgary Police Service website offers support and information for victims of crime. Check out their services here www.calgary.ca/CPS
Building Safe Communities staff provide information, support and referrals to community associations in the area of crime prevention and safety. Communication can be through telephone conversations or email.
TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS
Community meetings are facilitated by Federation staff to assist communities to identify issues, assets and resources and develop initiatives to address concerns in their community. In addition, a number of crime prevention and safety workshops are being developed and will be offered soon. Click here to view the current upcoming workshops and events and to download the full workshop guide.
Building Safe Communities
Community Engagement Coordinator
(403) 244-4111 ext. 225