1. CRIME PREVENTION OTTAWA – ACTION REPORT 2010-2011
PRÉVENTION DU CRIME OTTAWA –
RAPPORT D’ACTION 2010-2011
That Council receive this report for information.
Recommandation DU Comité
Que le Conseil reçoit ce rapport à titre
Crime Prevention report dated 13 October 2011
Report to / Rapport au :
Community and Protective Services
Comité des services communautaires et de
and Council / et au
13 October 2011 / le 13 octobre
Submitted by / Soumis par : Shad Qadri, Chair / Président
Crime Prevention Ottawa
/ Prévention du Crime Ottawa
/ Personne-ressource : Nancy Worsfold, Executive
Director / Directrice générale
Prevention Ottawa / Prévention du crime Ottawa
580-2424, Ext. / poste : 28518, Nancy.Worsfold@ottawa.ca
City Wide / À l'échelle de la Ville
Ref N°: ACS2011-CMR-CPS-0014
PREVENTION OTTAWA – ACTION REPORT 2010-2011
OBJET : PRÉVENTION
DU CRIME OTTAWA – RAPPORT D’ACTION 2010-2011
That Community and Protective Services Committee and Council receive
this report for information.
RECOMMANDATION DU RAPPORT
Que le Comité des services communautaires et de
protection et le Conseil reçoivent ce rapport à titre informatif.
The staff and
Board of Crime Prevention Ottawa work effectively together to reduce crime and
enhance community safety through collaborative evidence-based crime prevention. By focusing on strategic projects, CPO is
able to deliver a range of interventions which build long-term, sustainable
community action to reduce crime and victimization. CPO offers a wide range of initiatives
covering our three strategic priorities:
violence against women, crime affected neighbourhoods
and youth in high risk situations.
Crime Prevention Ottawa is working towards the goals of our
strategic plan, as approved in November 2009.
The Strategic Plan emphasized the importance of maintaining our
successful initiatives while building new projects. The following are some highlights:
Be That Guy campaign: Launched in May 2011,
this provocative poster campaign tackles sexual violence among youth aged 19
to 25 by speaking to young men in language that appeals
to them. Many of the city’s bars now feature the posters in the men’s
- Sexual Violence, Youth and Drinking:
CPO funded research by the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, Ottawa Coalition to
End Violence Against Women and criminology
Professor Holly Johnson to examine sexual assault prevention efforts in
Ottawa and best practices. They found a lack of prevention programs to
address alcohol-related sexual violence. CPO is working to build more prevention
programs, including the Don’t Be That Guy campaign.
- Multilingual Outreach: Our outreach
efforts to cultural groups in the city include producing our popular CPO
magnets in Chinese, Arabic and Somali, and making our Safe Youth, Safe
Communities workshops available in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Somali.
- Social Media: We have
embraced social media as a way of reaching out to our neighbours
thanks to feedback from our 2011 communications survey. Find us on
Facebook and read CPO’s Executive Director’s blog at www.crimepreventionottawa.wordpress.com.
- Crime Prevention Ottawa’s Neighbourhood
Toolkit was launched in May 2010 and is now
undergoing a significant expansion.
This popular online resource provides ideas, information and
resources to help Ottawa residents make their neighbourhoods
safer places to live. The Toolkit encourages residents to get involved in
their neighbourhoods and to be accountable and
proactive about community safety. CPO staff have
made more than 70 presentations to community groups and leaders to promote
this effective community approach to building safer neighbourhoods
from the ground up. See: www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/toolkit.
- Ottawa Youth Gang
Prevention Initiative: CPO in partnership with the Youth Services Bureau and Ottawa Police Service, is working towards a comprehensive prevention
strategy based on a four component approach: Healthy Neighbourhood
Cohesion, Early Prevention, Intervention and Suppression. Milestones to date include two public
forums, two educational conferences, two research reports and twelve
parent awareness workshops in targeted neighbourhoods.
The highlight this year was a project to engage the faith
communities in gang prevention work.
Based on a best practices report, we organized a series of three
town halls and engaged over 50 faith leaders.
- Making neighbourhoods safer: CPO has funded and works closely with
three neighbourhood based projects. “Together for Vanier – Ensemble pour
Vanier,” “Lowertown Our Home – Basse-ville, notre chez
nous” and the United Neighbours project in the Pinecrest-Queensway area. Two of the three have now become
self-sustaining financially, but we continue to work closely to ensure
their success. CPO has also engaged
with the business community in Carlington to
address their safety needs. CPO is
an active participant in the Community Development Framework and leads the
CDF Safety Committee which is currently developing a city-wide active
problem address framework.
- Paint It Up! Now in its second year, the Paint It Up!
program invested $50,000 in 10 youth mural
projects. The program is designed to prevent crime
and graffiti, support community pride through beautification, and engage
both youth and the community in a positive initiative.
- Community Safety
Awards: The annual Community Safety Awards,
held during Crime Prevention Week in November, has become an important way
to recognize all those who volunteer and work to make our city a safer
place. Join us on November 7 for
our 2011 awards night!
Connecting on Disability and Abuse: CPO’s Connecting
on Disability and Abuse Committee continued efforts in 2010-11 to reach
out to community agencies to increase awareness about the abuse of people
with disabilities. The goal? To empower them to better serve disabled
victims experiencing or fleeing abuse.
- Ending Violence Against Women before it
starts: CPO has worked successfully with all four of Ottawa's school
boards to implement “The Fourth R,” a comprehensive, evidence-based and
proactive curriculum for Grade 8 and 9 students that provides coping
skills on dating violence, sexuality, substance abuse and violence.
- CPO offers
learning opportunities: CPO continued our successful speaker series with 3 events at
City Hall and one at the Nepean Sportsplex. We also were key
to the organization of a Child and Youth Mental Health Forum in March.
- CPO is a team player: By leading and participating in numerous
networks and committees in the community, CPO is contributes to our
community and builds community capacity to address safety issues before
- CPO goes to the root causes of crime before it happens: We want to stop
reacting – and we all know how expensive that is – and start preventing.
There are no specific legal
implications associated with this report.
Crime Prevention Ottawa engages the community
through multiple channels. The CPO
Community Forum is the formal mechanism for seeking feedback on our work. This is a group which was established through
our terms of reference as a consultation group.
CPO also issues a regular email update entitled CPO Communiqué which has
a distribution list of over 1,900 concerned citizens and key stakeholders. Finally, CPO organizes regular public events,
all of which are evaluated, in order to engage the community in preventing crime.
There are no legal implications associated
with this report.
RISK MANAGEMENT IMPLICATIONS
There are no risk
management implications associated with this report.
There are no financial implications associated with this
recommendation as the costs, if any, are included in the current budget for
Crime Prevention Ottawa. No incremental
costs are anticipated.
Document 1: Action
Report 2010-2011 (English
Council and Committee Services to forward the
report to Council for information.