Community Safety Strategy
The team of people working to lead this strategy includes the following groups:
- Alberta Health Services
- Children’s Services
- The City of Red Deer
- Corrections and Probation
- Red Deer Public School Division
- Red Deer Catholic School Division
- Urban Aboriginal Voices Society
- Over 20 collaborative groups are active in Red Deer. This includes groups such as the Central Alberta Poverty Reduction Alliance, Central Alberta Addictions Consortium, Youth Strategy Collective Impact, Collaborative Solutions Team, etc. These groups bring together multiple stakeholders together to address risk-intervention and find solutions to community challenges. They are focused on topics such as poverty prevention, high-risk youth, child advocacy, domestic violence, early childhood development, addictions and inclusive communities.
- A recent review of community programs, services and providers was completed, ultimately informing The City, local agencies, partners and organizations with key findings, challenges, opportunities and recommendations for Red Deer. Prioritized actions are being executed throughout the community as a result of this work.
- The community brought together multiple collaborative groups, which now exceed 20 in total, to focus on things like poverty prevention, high-risk youth, child advocacy, domestic violence, early childhood development, addictions and inclusive communities.
- The City continues to partner with Red Deer RCMP to use their information and expertise as it relates to community safety.
- Membership in the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention.
- Education and awareness about actions citizens can take to help foster a culture of community safety.
- Continued progress on implementation of all safety strategy strategic directions such as providing local schools with community safety tools, a more visible police presence in the downtown and increased dedication of staff resources to coordinate, facilitate and research potential funding opportunities for improved community safety in Red Deer.
- Continue to learn through staying connected with The Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (CMNCP) as a community of practice to build capacity.
The City is making progress on all recommended actions stemming from the Community Safety Strategy balancing education, intervention, prevention and enforcement. This includes everything from RCMP involvement to sharing information with citizens about what they can do to prevent crime in their neighbourhoods.