REACH takes the stage for Crime Prevention Month
November is National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month and REACH Edmonton will be marking the month by reaching out to the community and strengthening partnerships with other crime prevention agencies. REACH, in partnership with Edmonton Police Services (EPS) and West Edmonton Mall, will be hosting an information safety fair Nov. 16 at the mall's HMV stage. The theme for this month of awareness - as designated by the Canada Safety Council - is "Keep Your Community Safe - It's Your Responsibility!" This free, family-oriented event will include live entertainment and approximately 20 exhibitor booths, with holiday related safety information readily available as well as draw prizes. Youngsters who stop by that Saturday will have a chance to participate in finger printing, face painting, colouring and even dressing up as an EPS officer for a photo opportunity in a real police car - but don't worry, the photo opportunity is open to all ages! "This month is a great opportunity to reach out to the community and continue to build on the partnerships we have with Edmonton Police Services and other crime prevention organizations in the city," said REACH Executive Director Jan Fox. "We're just heading into the busy holiday season and this is the time to remind people to keep safety and crime prevention in mind in their daily life." The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with live entertainment beginning at 10:30 a.m. In addition to co-hosting this event, REACH and EPS have submitted a joint request to have Mayor-elect Don Iveson proclaim November National Community Safety and Crime Prevention Month in Edmonton.