A coordinated response to crime prevention and root causes of crime in public housing areas.
Provide a community-focused multidisciplinary response to issues affecting community safety issues in public housing areas.
Public Safety Office
R. Scott MacDonaldmacdons@halifax.ca
There is a consultative approach with community and a cooperative approach with the various government partners.
It was undertaken to create a more effective and efficient coordinated response to crime and quality of life issues in public housing areas.
There were no set-up or operational costs. This is merely stakeholders coming together to provide a more coordinated response to community concerns.
This started as a pilot project in Uniacke Square and is now being expanded to four additional housing areas.
The key obectives are to reduce crime and increase the sense of safety of residents in the area. These were met in the pilot.
This is a low-key initiative, therefore a communication strategy was not created. Public communications could cause the communities to feel further marginalized.
Although an evaluation was not conducted, in-house statistics from police and metro housing, along with first-voice accounts from community, were used. The pilot saw an 18% decrease in violent crime and a 20% reduction in vacancy rate for the area. Anecdotally, through social research, residents have an increased sense of safety and feeling of community. After one year, the following were observed:Police: