Our response to social disorder & community safety

The health and safety of our community matters. It matters because we want a strong, engaged and vibrant city where all people feel safe, supported and connected. Unfortunately, like many other communities across the province, and across the nation, we currently face a drug, health and economic challenges that are affecting our community and the people who live here.  

The City of Red Deer is concentrating much of its efforts on the downtown core when it comes to addressing community safety, crime and social disorder. While we are implementing strategies across the entire city, much of our work related to drug use, community safety issues, crime and homelessness focus on the downtown.

The City of Red Deer, alongside its community partners, remain committed to working with, for, and on behalf of all Red Deerians to implement strategies and approaches that respond to the needs of our community as a whole.

The City is taking action, but we continue to look to the provincial government for their commitment and support – for them to take action in the areas they are responsible, for the Province to lead in responding to and addressing the social issues like mental health, addictions and treatment. 

Here is a snapshot of the challenges Red Deer currently faces, what we are doing right now, how we are planning for the future, and the action we need our community to take.

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Health and Addictions

The City of Red Deer recognizes that we all have a role to play when it comes to the health and safety of our city and its citizens.

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Housing and Homelessness

In Red Deer, we aim to ensure a full range of housing options is available so that every citizen has a home that is safe, adequate, and above all, affordable.

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Social Disorder

The City's response to crime, community safety and social disorder.

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Community Safety

Community safety is about ensuring all Red Deerians can live, work and play in a safe, secure and healthy city.