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October 29, 2009 16:05 ET

Government of Canada Supports Crime Prevention Efforts in New Brunswick

Programs help reduce crime by helping at-risk adults make smart choices

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, joined by the Honourable John Foran, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for New Brunswick, announced federal support of over $600,000 for two projects aimed at preventing and reducing crime in New Brunswick.

"This Government is committed to preventing crime and building stronger communities," said Minister Van Loan. "The funding announced today clearly demonstrates our commitment to giving crime prevention professionals the tools they need to make our streets safe. We are providing resources to support programs that help at-risk adults make better choices and avoid negative influences so they do not re-offend."

"The federal government's support of these community-based initiatives is an important addition to New Brunswick's efforts to prevent and reduce crime in our communities" said Minister Foran. "A solid partnership involving communities, law enforcement and all levels of government is essential in our ongoing efforts to promote strong and vibrant communities and reduce crime so all of New Brunswick's citizens feel safe."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing federal support of $101,210 to the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick. A series of provincial and local learning events across the province will be implemented to improve the effectiveness of New Brunswick's crime reduction policies and programs, providing the best available knowledge, tools, and practices.

In addition, the Bridges of Canada Victory Centre Residential Treatment Program has been approved for funding in the amount of $517,590. This project will work with adult males who are at high risk of re-offending. This intensive, comprehensive treatment program will include instruction and life skills training related to substance abuse, anger management, addiction relapse prevention, healthy relationships, and employment, all in an effort to provide participants with alternatives to a life of crime.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

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