Ward 2 Candidate Jonathan Galgay is calling for the creation of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee for the City of St. John’s to deal with emerging issues as they relate to the prevention of crime within the Capital City.
The establishment of a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee would provide guidance and tools to the City of St. John’s by bridging formal partnerships with provincial government departments, police forces, organizations, and community outreach programs. We need to take an integrated approach in dealing with this important issue. Due to the multi-faced nature of crime prevention, this partnership must also include all stakeholders that play a role in enhancing community safety.
I recognize that preventing crime requires a comprehensive approach involving prevention, intervention, enforcement and evaluation to ensure an integrated delivery of crime prevention programs. As such, participation from key stakeholders is essential to the development and delivery of an effective working group.
• Public Safety Canada's 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.
• Although the NCPC does provide key funding to many organizations, often times funding is limited and restrictive. By establishing a Municipal Crime Prevention Committee, this would aim to enhance awareness of various crime prevention initiatives, consult on emerging issues, evaluate interventions to prevent and reduce crime, serve as an advocacy group for funding initiatives, and to improve public confidence in how the City of St. John’s is dealing with crime and its prevention.
• Although there would be not cost associated with the implementation to this committee, the combination of skills would present effective and cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime by intervening on the risk factors before crime occurs. The committees approach would be to promote the implementation of effective crime prevention practices.
• Providing effective and comprehensive tools for various stakeholders to deal with crime prevention is essential for the promotion of safer communities. Providing leadership and consultation by the City of St. John’s would be a highlight of this working group.