Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Well-being

    Mandate (new in 2014):

    Click here to view the Crime Prevention, Community Safety and Well-Being Committee Annual Report video

    To provide leadership in adopting and promoting a comprehensive, inclusive approach addressing the root causes of crime and social disorder.

    Strategic Priorities/Objectives:

    1. Support the Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being,
    2. Knowledge transfer, in order to advocate a better understanding of crime prevention through social development,
    3. Outreach and education, in order to garner support for crime prevention, and
    4. Leading on specific issues.

    Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:

    • Launched and implemented the National Framework for Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence.  It provides police services across the county with common and shared language and understanding of IPV, moving toward informed policies and collective engagement designed to keep Canadian families and communities safe. The CACP executive endorsed the Framework.
    • Made presentations on the National Framework at the World Safety Organization in Finland, the International Association of Women in Police in Spain, the Federal Government’s Women’s Equality Branch, Police Chief Associations in Ontario. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, British Columbia and First Nations Chiefs, and the CACP Research and Foundation workshop.
    • Inspector Jeff Adam appeared before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on the Status of Women and sat on a panel providing information and later a question period concerning cyber- violence.
    • Identified opportunities to link Telus Wise Smart Social Campaign and the National Framework on IPV. This program proved very successful and will be continued in 2017-2018.
    • A journal article about the Framework was published in the Canadian Journal of Community Safety and Wellbeing.
    • Developed a strategy to bring attention and highlight the National Framework on IPV.  It included a letter writing campaign where letters were disseminated to local stakeholders, provincial and federal government leaders, social service agencies and police services across Canada to focus attention on the Framework.
    • The CACP President sent a letter supporting the National Framework to all Police Chiefs across Canada, and forwarded Chief’s can distribute to raise awareness and engagement of their local and provincial governments and community partners. the IPV Framework was added to the CACP website
    • Worked with Victims of Crime and Police Information and Statistics Committee to prepare and release a statement on sexual assault investigations, in follow-up to the “unfounded” sexual assault investigations which were brought to light in the Globe and Mail.
    • Implemented a provincial and territorial scan on addressing sexual violence for the Minister of Status of Women that focused on exploring best practices for reporting, enhancing sexual violence examination methods and working cooperatively with law enforcement.
    • Participated in a Healthy Cities and Communities Partner’s meeting to share with prospective partners a plan for a large, multi-scale, multi-disciplinary, multi-year initiative for research and implementation science in the area of Healthy Cities & Communities.

    Initiatives Planned for 2017/2018:

    • Continue to promote the National Framework of Collaborative Police Action on Intimate Partner Violence.
    • Expand the functional use of the Committee website
    • Expand discussions on coordinating crime prevention efforts with mental health interventions and police interaction with persons with mental illness
    • Explore opportunities to coordinate crime prevention and youth radicalization interventions.
    • Make presentations to the CACP Research Foundation on the “The Unintended Results of Our Approach to Family Violence in Canada” and at the at the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police conference
    • Prepare for the National Framework evaluation process and future research focusing on First Nations in Canada and IPV.
    • Prepare article for publication in the International Association of Women Police Magazine.