Edmonton Police Service, City of Edmonton and REACH unveil Violence Reduction Strategy

On August 10, 2011 Mayor Stephen Mandel, Police Chief Knecht and Jon Hall, Chair of REACH Edmonton, unveiled a strategy that is aiming to reduce the violence in Edmonton. The Violence Reduction Action Plan, which was presented at a media conference, is focused on reducing the severity and frequency of violence, reducing conditions of social disorder and better addressing the needs of distressed communities.

The City and REACH identified key program areas that will be strengthened over the next four months to address gaps in support services for multicultural communities, the Aboriginal community and vulnerable populations - particularly homeless people. Provincial support will be sought to advance the 24/7 initiative and to launch a new family violence prevention campaign. Enforcement in hospitality areas throughout the city will be expanded to mitigate alcohol-related events and the number of Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams will be increased to make at-risk neighbourhoods safer.

The Edmonton Police Service will focus on reducing the severity and frequency of violent crime. This will be done by focusing on alcohol and drugs, weapons, distressed communities and social disorder.

"We are pleased to work with the City of Edmonton and EPS on this important strategy. We will continue to partner with organizations, agencies, community groups and individual Edmontonians to make Edmonton a safer city," said Jon Hall, chair of REACH Edmonton.

Click here for a copy of the Violence Reduction Plan.