Building Safe Communities
Building Safe Communities (BSC) uses a community development approach to working with community associations and identified partners to provide Calgarians 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 but also increased resident engagement!
The BSC project has three areas of focus:
1. Community Engagement Process
Through a facilitated process, Building Safe Communities works with residents, from select community associations, to identify strategies and initiatives focused on preventing and reducing crime as well as creating safe communities. From this process comes a unique plan of action in which residents will carry out as citizen led initiatives. The emphasis on these strategies often is preventive with many actions focusing on community engagement and community development. After the engagement process, the Building Safe Communities facilitator moves to more of an advisory role as the work of the plan begins in an effort to ensure citizens are leading and engaging to improve their neighbourhood. Partners such as the Calgary Police Service, local stakeholders and City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services are also engaged in the process. The success of the plan is really up to the citizens, as the goal is to ignite action at the resident level.
Would your community be interested in working with the Federation to increase resident engagement through crime prevention and safety initiatives? If so, we want to hear from you! Click here for information on how to apply and what we are looking for.
Click here for BSC Community updates.
2. Partners in Crime Prevention Workshops
These are FREE public education workshops where we, in partnership with the Calgary Police Service and Calgary Fire Department, are working together to offer tips and tools on crime prevention and safety issues in Calgary! The Partners in Crime Prevention Workshop series is geared towards helping community association volunteers and the general public learn valuable information about crime prevention and safety issues in their neighbourhoods.
Click here for more information.
In 2015, Building Safe Communities and Engage U teamed up to offer a “Building Community” workshop series which will provide your community association with tips on how to increase resident engagement. This year’s topics will cover engaging through safety initiatives and engaging diverse populations. Workshop information and registration is available here.
3. Virtual Resource Centre
The Virtual Resource Centre on crime prevention and safety provides tools and resources to individuals and community groups, including crime prevention tip sheets, community engagement resources and more! Tools and resources are continually developed so check back regularly. Over 100 resources are available already!
Click here to visit the Virtual Resource Centre.
Building Safe Communities Coordinator
(403) 244-4111 ext. 225