Community Safety Strategic Action Plan
The City of Winnipeg (City) is committed to healthy, crime-free neighbourhoods and a collaborative, broad-scale, and complete approach to safety and security. There are numerous public and private sector organizations, as well as community agencies, providing services designed to make communities safe and secure or address the root causes of crime. The Community Safety Strategic Action Plan will recommend ways in which these organizations can work better together and connect through the support of a city-based centre of responsibility.
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The City is reaching out to community-based program and service providers in fall 2019 to identify barriers and discuss opportunities to improve the delivery of community safety and wellbeing programs, services, and related initiatives. Stakeholder input will be used in the current state assessment, during the planning sessions, and through the review process.
A second phase of stakeholder engagement will occur later in 2019 following the development of the Current State Assessment Report.
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On July 19, 2018 Council approved that up to $150,000 from the Destination Marketing Reserve be used for consultant services to establish recommendations for the creation of a community safety centre of responsibility in Winnipeg. A centre of responsibility is a permanent, staffed office that is mandated to oversee community-level/government collaboration while providing broad support for, and direct delivery of short and long-term community safety and wellbeing initiatives.
A Community Safety Strategic Action Plan will be developed to outline the centre’s mandate and represent a new community safety and wellbeing policy for Winnipeg that will clarify roles, strengthen regulation of community safety and wellbeing activities, and set a path for a new community safety-mandated body to safeguard long-term policy sustainability.
The strategic action plan has the following objectives, each of which will require engagement with key community-level and organizational-level stakeholders in Winnipeg to complete:
- To assess the current legislative and policy environment regarding community safety and wellbeing in Winnipeg;
- To assess existing City and community-based programs, services, and initiatives that address community safety and wellbeing in Winnipeg;
- To assess existing community safety and wellbeing collaboration methods, networks, and best practices in Winnipeg, and to assess the City’s role in these networks as well as the community’s perspective on an ideal system for collaboration;
- To assess existing community safety and wellbeing-related City grant funding criteria, processes and practices, and to gather feedback from grant recipients regarding best practices;
- To assess other jurisdictional community safety grant funding processes and practices, as well as models and practices related to community safety offices of responsibility;
- To develop a strategic action plan to address future community safety and wellbeing planning in Winnipeg that includes the establishment of a permanent City-based centre of responsibility (outside of the Winnipeg Police Service) to support community safety stakeholder collaboration and provide direct/indirect resources for stakeholders in Winnipeg; and
- To identify funding options to support implementation of the strategic action plan.
The Community Safety Strategic Action Plan is a long-term vision document for Winnipeg that will make recommendations for a new City community safety and wellbeing policy and for the creation of a new City-based community safety centre of responsibility. The strategic action plan will clarify roles, strengthen regulation of community safety and wellbeing activities and set a path for the centre of responsibility to safeguard long-term policy sustainability. It will also include a draft implementation structure with timelines.
The plan is intended to guide the City’s involvement in the creation, administration, and funding of programs and services that prevent crime by improving social conditions. The Plan is also intended to guide future City and community-level stakeholder collaboration by establishing a City body to oversee this collaboration. Currently, the City does not have a policy document or strategic plan in place that represents an all-encompassing, multi-sectoral approach to addressing community safety and wellbeing in Winnipeg.
The City’s LiveSAFE policy, established in 2008, was designed as an interconnected strategic and collaborative network approach to crime prevention. It was based on the guiding principles of prevention, leadership and coordination, interconnectedness and partnerships, and sustainability and accountability. However, the LiveSAFE policy is not able to direct the creation of a civic-led foundation for collaboration and provide sufficient supports (i.e. human and funding resource infrastructure). The strategic action plan will address these gaps.
For the purposes of the strategic action plan, community safety is defined as activities, processes and outputs designed to support children, youth, and adults at risk of becoming involved in crimes or becoming victims of crimes.
The strategic action plan will apply to the entire city.
The City has a budget of $150,000 from the Destination Marketing Reserve to complete the Community Safety Strategic Action Plan. City Council approved the funds for the strategic action plan in the 2018 capital budget.