The City of St. John’s is moving on with the next phase of the formation of the mayor’s advisory committee on crime prevention.
RNC patrol cars in the St. John's area. — File photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
The city’s communications department sent out a news release today seeking submissions from residents and community organizations interested in participating on it.
There are four seats available to community organizations whose mandate includes crime prevention and/or safety, and two seats open to city residents, at least one of whom must be between the ages of 18 and 35. Interested persons and/or groups are asked to submit an application by Nov. 29.
The idea to form a crime-fighting committee came about in June after St. John’s had to contend with several issues of crime-related activity, including a home being targeted in a drive-by shooting that was linked to organized crime, prostitution in the downtown core and a fatal beating that is said to have occurred in a home used for illicit activity.
The mayor’s advisory committee on crime prevention will provide information, advice and recommendations to council on issues such as citizen safety and responsibility, neighbourhood strategies, environmental planning and design, vulnerable sectors, vandalism, social development, and innovative approaches to crime prevention, states a news release.
Committee membership also includes two representatives of council and representatives from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, St. John’s Citizens Crime Prevention Committee, Eastern Health and the Eastern School District.
The committee’s terms of reference and membership application forms are available at the following link: