Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

August 20, 2007 13:02 ET

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety Announces More Than $540,000 in Funding to Support Four Crime Prevention Projects in Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2007) - On behalf of the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, Dave MacKenzie, Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety, along with Mr. Wayne Cao, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-Fort, announced that Canada's New Government is providing more than $540,000 in funding to support four crime prevention projects in communities in the province of Alberta.

"Canada's New Government is serious about keeping our communities safe, which is why we are focusing our crime prevention funding on those who are most at risk," said Mr. MacKenzie. "By working with the province of Alberta, stakeholders and communities to develop projects that respond to local needs, together we can steer young people from a life of crime."

"The federal government's dedication to these community-based initiatives mirrors Alberta's own commitment to crime prevention projects that provide safe and secure communities," said Mr. Cao. "A strong partnership involving all levels of government, law enforcement, and communities is essential in our ongoing efforts to fight, reduce, and deter crime on our streets and in our neighbourhoods."

"For more than 30 years, the Calgary Police Service has focused strongly on community partnerships and their role in community policing. The essence of community policing is harnessing the power of the community to prevent crime and improve public safety," says Chief Jack Beaton. "We are all responsible for keeping our communities safe."

Crime prevention funding is focused on priorities established in partnership with stakeholders, using careful analysis of key crime trends. Priorities for support include:

- supporting vulnerable families and children at risk;

- preventing youth gang and drug-related crime;

- preventing recidivism among high-risk groups; and

- fostering prevention in Aboriginal communities.

The projects receiving funding include the African Sudanese Association of Calgary's Youth Outreach Program, RESOLVE Alberta, the City of Spruce Grove's Log Cabin Concession Project, and Imagine Red Deer from the Parkland Youth Homes Society.

As part of Public Safety Canada, the National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC) provides funding to strategically selected projects that contribute to preventing and reducing crime in Canada and to increasing knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.PublicSafety.gc.ca