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Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy Wins Provincial Award

November 04, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy won the 2011 Solicitor General, Crime Prevention and Community Safety Award, in the local government category. The award recognizes outstanding leadership in the area of promoting and implementing crime prevention and community safety strategies.

“Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy has fostered new partnerships, innovative programs and problem-solving approaches to crime, which has led to safer communities throughout Surrey. While there is always more work to be done, crime is at a 10-year low. The City has not only added 63 new officers since 2007, we’ve addressed issues such as addiction and social housing by finding permanent homes for over 350 homeless people, and adding close to 500 new social housing units and addiction beds,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

She adds that new initiatives such as the WRAP program, Community Schools Partnership, Community Safety Officers, Surrey RCMP Crime Analysis Unit, and Electrical Fire Safety Inspection Program are producing real results and making a difference in people’s lives.

“I’m continually impressed by the outstanding work of the Surrey RCMP, Surrey Fire Service, City crime reduction staff, and community members who are working together to improve safety and address the root causes of crime,” says Watts

The City of Surrey was nominated for the award by the Surrey Urban Mission and the ceremony took place this afternoon at the BC Crime Prevention Association Symposium.

“The City is not only providing solutions to current issues, but we’re also implementing new strategies designed to help children and youth get a positive head start in life. It’s important we address barriers to learning and provide a continuum of support services for families in need,” says Councillor Barinder Rasode, Chair of the Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy Working Group, who accepted the award on the City’s behalf.

The City of Surrey implemented its Crime Reduction Strategy in 2007, after collaborating with the RCMP, over 50 community groups, hundreds of individuals and all levels of government. The comprehensive plan is designed to create innovative, community-based solutions to crime reduction and safety.

The Crime Reduction Strategy has four primary objectives:

  • Reduce crime and increase community safety
  • Increase public involvement in reducing crime
  • Increase integration between all stakeholders involved in crime reduction
  • Improve public awareness around the reality and perception of crime

These objectives are to be achieved through 106 recommendations which fall within four strands:

  • Prevent and deter crime
  • Apprehend and prosecute offenders
  • Rehabilitate and reintegrate offenders
  • Reality and perceptions of crime

For more information on the Crime Reduction Strategy, including a comprehensive three-year Progress Report (2006 – 2010 achievements), please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/plans-strategies/3669.aspx

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Tara Foslien
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Office of the Mayor
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