Strengthening Canadian Communities: A National Showcase on Community Safety, Health and Well-being



    OTTAWA, March 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition on Community Safety, Health
and Well-being, led by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, has met
this week in Winnipeg at Strengthening Canadian Communities: A National
Showcase on Community Safety, Health and Well-being. The CACP and its partners
are reinforcing the need for a comprehensive, integrated and multi-prong
strategy for community safety.
    The CACP is concerned that reduction of crime is being perceived in some
quarters as suppression and harsher measures. While stronger enforcement is an
essential ingredient in creating safe communities, this is a short term
response that is taken after a crime has been committed. The CACP wants to see
a more balanced approach that includes suppression along with strategic
investments that are proven to prevent crime and victimization. Creating
healthier individuals, families and communities reduces crime in the long
term.
    Experts from across the country have come together to showcase what is
working in some communities to meet the needs of at-risk children and youth
and their families. Tools, knowledge and expertise have been shared with over
130 participants, who want the Coalition to continue and to undertake a number
of specific actions that will promote sustainable crime prevention.
    Coalition members are calling upon governments at all levels to adopt a
comprehensive approach. They could do so by supporting the development of a
pan-Canadian strategy on community safety, health and well-being. This would
bring together knowledge, expertise and tools to assist local communities that
want to put in place a cost-effective community safety plan based on what
works.

    The Coalition is formed of national non-governmental organizations who
work in areas such as education, health and mental health, social work,
support to Aboriginal peoples, immigrants and refugees, support to seniors,
sports and recreation, food banks, independent living centres, municipal
affairs, the faith community, literacy groups and police.

    Chief Jack Ewatski,
    President, CACP




For further information:

For further information: Peter Cuthbert, Executive Director, (613)
233-1106

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