The Building Safer Communities initiative is led by the Cape Breton Regional Police Service (CBRPS) which seconded a sergeant as Executive Director for the Assocation for Safer Cape Breton Communites (AFSCBC). The AFSCBC currently has 52 members. This includes an executive of eight, whose mandate it is to carry out the directives of its members. Our association, which is a community-driven organization, meets on the second Thursday of each month to discuss options for ensuring healthier and safer neighborhoods in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM.)The official launch of the AFSCBC took place in January 2008. In May 2008, a new project began to evolve—the North Sydney Community Project (NSCP):
Healthier and safer communities
Community officers, enforcement units, community volunteers
Level of involvement is consultative and cooperative.
Creative approach to engaging many stakeholders to come together to solve community problems.
Corporate and community work together to share costs or finds ways to cover costing.
Started as an idea with a small group and grew into an assocation that meets regularly.
Yes, less crime! More community involvement, neighbourhoods cleaned up of debris, sporting facilities established and utilized, etc. Youth programs established equals safer communities.
Promoting healtier and safer communites through community mobilation and collaboration.
Communities themselves are involved; volunteers are involved; and police are engaged and operating from these neighbourhoods.
The AFSCBC has seven board members registered with Joint Stocks of Nova Scotia who are recognized as the actual voting members for the AFSCBC, and approximately 50 association members who attend meetings and give direction to the board of directors. The board of directors is also a part of the association.The AFSCBC has an employee seconded from the CBRPS. The CBRPS, through an MOU with the AFSCBC, is responsible for this officer’s salary and contract. The AFSCBC office and support staff are provided free of charge by Cape Breton University.The AFSCBC is involved in a number of community projects. The decision to become involved in these projects is decided by the association membership. Announcements are made on a regular basis to promote these projects. The public is invited to attend these announcements. The announcements are held in places such as church halls, schools gymnasiums, etc.From time to time the AFSCBC, in partnership with the CBRPS, will hire individuals through grants from different government agencies such as Service Canada and Service Nova Scotia. This would include employment for summer students and for unemployed individuals who are trying to gain experience to make their way back into the work force. Currently we have posted nine positions to be filled by students for eight weeks this summer through Service Canada. These students will be working in our community offices along with our police service. The funding has been obtained by a number of organizations, including the AFSCBC. The AFSCBC, in partnership with a number of organizations, currently has four community offices. The offices are staffed by volunteers and individuals funded through grants from Community Services. The community offices are provided free of charge by the Cape Breton Regional Island Housing Authority. The CBRPS are recognized as the actual lease holder of each Community Office. The AFSCBC has accounts with four local credit unions. Any money received usually comes from gifts from the community and from a small membership fee that the AFSCBC charges to its members. We also obtain money by applying for grants. Any money that we receive goes right back into the community for things such as social functions for the children who visit the community offices. Money is also spent on incidentals when announcements are held. The AFSCBC has been instrumental in working with agencies within the CBRM to bring programming to our community. Two examples would be the NCPC Youth Inclusion Program and the NCPC You Can Program. The AFSCBC, in conjunction with the Cape Breton Association of Youth Housing and Programs Initiative and in partnership with New Dawn, has obtained funding from Service Canada to create a youth resource centre for the CBRM. Our website is www.cbu.ca. Everything that the AFSCBC has done to date is on our website. The website identifies the agencies involved and the names of the individuals that are with the AFSCBC, and includes the minutes from each meeting.