The Ontario Working Group on Collaborative, Risk-Driven Community Safety (OWG) is a cooperative effort involving police services, government ministries, and community agencies and partners. The OWG is designing a prototype community safety planning framework and developing and implementing risk-driven, collaborative interventions, among other initiatives. The OWG is a subcommittee of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. Its activities are supported by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS).
The OWG is focusing on a common objective of improving community safety and well-being by addressing situations where the risk of victimization, crime or disorder is acute. Members of the OWG are developing and implementing mechanisms to allow multiple representatives to come together swiftly to reduce risk levels for an individual (e.g., a young person), family, group (e.g., schoolchildren) or location (e.g., a store or intersection). Ultimately, this collaborative approach promotes community safety by reducing victimization, as well as being more efficient and cost-effective.The OWG is working on several projects:
Greater Sudbury Police Service and City of Toronto
Inspector Robert Keetch (Greater Sudbury Police Service) and Community Development Unit Manager Scott McKean (City of Toronto)email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
This initiative commenced with an ad hoc working group in October 2012. The OWG officially formed in July 2013.
This initiative was undertaken because a number of stakeholders realized a multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary approach would be extremely beneficial.This approach is different because it identifies the "risk" early on, not in isolation but involving multiple representatives who can provide support and/or take the appropriate action. Through early interventions, risk levels can be reduced and victimization can be decreased and/or eliminated.
In July 2013, MCSCS supported the OWG through the Proceeds of Crime Front Line Policing grant program. The theme for this 2013–2014 grant program was "Crime Prevention—Community Mobilization."
Key deliverables are listed under "Initiative Key Objectives."
The OWG work has quickly evolved to the point of integration into various government ministries and community agencies and partners. Also, a number of additional police services are becoming involved in developing and implementing this new approach in Ontario. Those most directly involved right now include the Chatham-Kent, Greater Sudbury, Halton Regional, North Bay, Ontario Provincial Police, Peel Regional, Toronto and Waterloo Regional police services. The MCSCS is directly involved in the OWG, and various other provincial ministries such as Health, Education, and Children and Youth Services are being consulted. Multiple community agencies are also involved through partnerships with various OWG members. This is a dynamic list and it is anticipated that these numbers will continue to grow.