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February 20, 2009 10:48 ET

Government of Canada Takes Action to Prevent Crime in London

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2009) - Today, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced an investment of federal funding over three years for a project aimed at providing vulnerable children in London, Ontario with the support they need to make better choices and reduce their risk of falling into a life of crime.

"The Government of Canada is taking action to prevent youth crime and keep Canadians safe," said Minister Van Loan. "The support we are announcing today advances the Government's commitment to building stronger and safer communities. We are helping provide those who are most at risk with the tools they need to make positive life choices."

Referral to Alternate Pathways: Implementation of Community Protocols for Dealing with Children under 12 in Conflict with the Law is a community-based project designed to work closely with vulnerable children under 12 years of age who are at risk of criminal involvement. Developed by Vanier Children's Services in London, Ontario, the project will provide up to 100 children and their families with access to parenting programs, information sessions, individual, family and group counselling, as well as educational services in order to address key risk factors such as early delinquent behaviour, negative peer association and general aggression.

Funding announced today comes from the Crime Prevention Action Fund, which is part of the Government of Canada's National Crime Prevention Strategy. This Strategy provides funding support to projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime as well as increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention. Priorities for funding include:

- addressing early risk factors among vulnerable children, youth and young adults;

- preventing recidivism among high-risk offenders;

- fostering crime prevention in Aboriginal and northern communities; and

- preventing youth gang and drug-related crime.

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre and is managed in collaboration with the provinces and territories.

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