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City Introduces Community-Based Crime Prevention Council

September 29, 2010 – Community leaders and citizens from across various sectors gathered today for the introduction of the Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council. The Crime Prevention Council is currently being established at the direction of City Council. Its working mission will be to engage the community in the task of preventing crime, increasing safety and fostering the well-being of everyone in Thunder Bay.

“This is such an important step forward for Thunder Bay,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “We are taking an innovative, problem-solving approach that works because it involves the entire community.”

The event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Irvin Waller with the University of Ottawa, shared practical and collaborative ways for cities to reduce crime, prevent victimization and foster sustained community safety. Dr. Waller is the author of the influential Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime and has advised the governments of more than 40 countries on ways to prevent crime and respect victims.

With the Institute for the Prevention of Crime at the University of Ottawa, he initiated the National Municipal Network on Community Safety and orchestrated the Action Briefs for Municipal Stakeholders in collaboration with 15 Canadian cities that provide a practical action plan to reduce crime by 50 per cent in our cities. Dr. Waller is the founding executive director of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime affiliated with the UN.

The members of the Council will be recruited over the next few months and a program coordinator will be hired.

The Council is expected to have its first meeting in mid-December.

The new Thunder Bay Crime Prevention Council will begin by conducting a crime and disorder audit to identify community problems and develop a comprehensive and dynamic Safety and Crime Prevention Plan to be implemented for the City of Thunder Bay.

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