Alberta Crime Reduction Strategy (Synopsis)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police—'K' Division

Description: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ‘K’ Division launched the Alberta Crime Reduction Strategy in late 2013 to reduce crime and its effects on communities through problem solving, enforcement, intervention and prevention. For the problem-solving component, the RCMP uses CAPRA (Clients, Acquire/Analyse Information, Partnerships, Response, Assessment of Action taken), a community policing problem-solving model.

The strategy uses a consultative, research-based, intelligence-led approach. It relies on three crime reduction tenets: a focus on habitual/prolific offenders; the identification of crime hot spots to better target interventions; and steps to address the root causes of crime through strategic partnerships and proactive initiatives.

‘K’ Division drafted a Division Crime Reduction and Habitual Offender Management policy and created the Habitual Offender Management program, as well as an internal crime reduction website, to facilitate the implementation of the strategy. The division is involving community and partner agencies, including Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, to create successful and sustainable initiatives that will help reduce crime.
Objective: The initiative’s objectives are to reduce crime, the fear of crime and the impact of anti-social behaviours in communities. It also aims to find new efficiencies within the criminal justice system.
Outcomes: No official results are available yet, but preliminary outcomes indicate lower crime rates, and partner feedback has been very positive. ‘K’ Division will use an internal quantitative evaluation to assess the initiative and measure the social return on investment.
Resources: The initiative started as a pilot project and was progressively phased in, and it does not have significant financial costs.
Province: Alberta
Record Entry Date: 2015-03-01
Date modified: