MEDIA RELEASE: Community Public Safety Forum

OTTAWA –– Tonight’s Community Public Safety Forum was both productive and positive thanks to the residents and community partners who came together to discuss the hard work being done to improve safety in our community.

The following partners gathered at Michele Heights Community Centre: Britannia Woods Community House, Michele Heights Community House, The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, Crime Prevention Ottawa, the Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Community Housing, Crime Stoppers, The United Way Ottawa, Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre, Salvation Army Bethany Hope Centre, By-Law and Regulatory Services. 

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Each of those partners has committed to taking new action to reduce crime in Ottawa and, in particular, neighbourhoods in Bay Ward where there was an increase in violence over the past year.

Among those initiatives is a plan by Crime Prevention Ottawa to implement a gang exit strategy with the support of Ottawa City Council.

The Ottawa Police Service and Ottawa Community Housing have committed to a joint project that will see increased foot patrols in several of the housing neighbourhoods. Ottawa Community Housing has also committed to supporting resident-led crime prevention initiatives by encouraging tenants to report problems and/or concerns directly to police and OCH security.

Both of the Community Houses have established plans to engage adults living in their neighbourhoods after having success working with youth in the area. Recently the Britannia Woods Adults Circle was founded, bringing together more than two-dozen parents who are eager to bring their community together on important celebrations and issues.

The Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre has launched the Levers of Change initiative that uses a development approach to increase safety and decrease crime in the catchment area.

There are many other initiatives currently underway and our office would be happy to connect you with any of the community partners to learn more about work being done in the community.

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Contact:

Sarah Anderson
Special Assistant
Councillor Mark Taylor’s office
Phone - 613-580-2477 Ext. 26844
Mobile – 613-715-2438
Email – sarah.anderson@ottawa.ca


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