This morning (Februrary 26, 2007), Mayor Dianne Watts was joined by Attorney General Wally Oppal, local MPs and MLAs and community leaders to officially unveil Surrey’s Crime Reduction Strategy.
The Crime Reduction Strategy (CRS) is a comprehensive, multi-faceted approach to addressing the root causes of crime. It seeks to implement new and innovative programs with practical applications that will result in a concrete, measurable reduction in crime.
The CRS represents the culmination of the efforts of the Mayor’s Task Force on Public Safety and Crime Reduction. Over 100 individuals representing over 50 different organizations lent their expertise and resources to the creation of this strategy.
The Crime Reduction Strategy is broken down into four components:
- Prevent and Deter Crime
- Apprehend and Prosecute Offenders
- Rehabilitate and Reintegrate Offenders
- Reality and Perceptions of Crime
Surrey will seek to implement the following recommendations in the upcoming year:
- Develop a strategy for the application of CCTV in the City
- Establish Community Drug Action Teams
- Establish Prolific Offender Management Teams (POMT)
- Establish Community Action Groups
- Establish the Homelessness and Housing Foundation
- Crime Free Multi Housing Program Expansion
- Develop a CRS web site
- Work with private sector to add to affordable housing stock
“The Surrey Crime Reduction Strategy is a complete paradigm shift from what is currently being done in Canadian municipalities to combat crime,” said Mayor Watts. “It is an approach that seeks to incorporate all the key stakeholders and create one, unified, comprehensive plan to address the root causes of crime in our community.”