Our Four Priorities
The new Surrey Public Safety Strategy groups all of our objectives and initiatives by one of four priorities.
Working together, the four priority areas of the Strategy will organize a diverse set of programs and services and ensure we stay focused on the things that will make the most difference to public safety.
8% decline in violent crime in 2016 compared to 2015 (YTD Jan 1- Aug 31)
One in three children participate in City recreation programs and activities.
Build Community Capacity
- Emergency Planning
- Home Safe
- Volunteerism: Building Community
- Attract and embrace diverse populations to create a thriving community where all are welcome.
- Work with City staff, community agencies, provincial and national organizations.
- Promote the role and value of volunteerism in Surrey.
- Support, recognize and reward volunteers and their achievements.
- Increase in the percentage of participants reporting positive self-esteem and community connections as a result of the program
- Increase in the number of volunteer hours contributed by participants
- Increase in the number of volunteers across city programs
- Increase in percentage of number of participants securing employment following participation in volunteer programs
- Increase in the number of volunteer opportunities offered at a variety of levels
- Early Years- United Way Avenues of Change - Guildford West
- Surrey Safe Schools Partnership
Emergency planning and helping people understand potential crisis events and how they can best respond to maintain their personal safety contributes to public safety. In Surrey, emergency planning focuses on outreach and resources to support residents, businesses and families to build their emergency preparedness capability.
Emergency planning is particularly important because of climate impacts like the increase in storms and longer, hotter summers with less rainfall.
One of the main risks to safety in the home is fire risk. Home Safe provides support to seniors and other Surrey residents to assess fire risks in the home and ensure smoke alarms are installed and working in the event of a fire.
With a 22% increase in volunteer participation from 2015, Surrey residents are getting involved in their communities. Volunteering connects people to their neighbourhood and strengthens their sense of belonging. It is an important part in creating building community and increasing public safety. As part of the Public Safety Strategy, we will continue to build a volunteer team that is just as diverse as the City of Surrey.
The Volunteerism program will continue to:
How we'll measure success
There are currently 3,153 registered and active City of Surrey volunteers.
United Way Avenues of Change is the first of its kind in BC with one absolute objective: to see more kids ready to succeed by the time they start school. Guildford West of one of four Metro Vancouver neighbourhoods with this pilot program and is funded by United Way.
Schools are a critical community hub and provide a major point of contact for many public safety programs. As part its relationship with the Surrey School District, the City and Surrey RCMP provide support for the Surrey Wraparound Program (WRAP) and the Girls Group Program. These strategic initiatives target support at school aged children by providing opportunities for participation in activities, empowerment, and skills development.
Families actively using recreation facilities through Surrey's Leisure Access Program.
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