Here is a list of upcoming events from the Medicine Hat Police Service:
- March 24
Coop Mall – Officers from Medicine Hat Police Service with a member of the BBB will be a the COOP mall to discuss fraud, scams and identity theft issues – 9am-12pm
- March 25
Medicine Hat Mall – Officers from Medicine Hat Police Service will be a the COOP mall to discuss fraud, scams and identity theft issues- 9am-12pm
- March 28
E-recycling event – Electronic Recycling Association(ERA) will be at REDI Recycling in Medicine Hat from 10am to 2 pm. Individuals wishing to destroy old hard drives, cell phones or other small personal, information sensitive electronics can attend and watch as their items are destroyed on site.
For more details, please contact:
Cst. Camille Darr #343
Community Safety Unit
Medicine Hat Police Service
A message from the Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Recognizing Inspiring Work that Protects our Communities
Albertans can nominate a group or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to community safety.
The Alberta Community Justice Awards recognize those who are dedicated to their work in community safety, crime prevention and the criminal justice system.
These individuals and groups support community justice and improve quality of life by helping to address problems in their communities.
“All around us there are outstanding individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to keep Albertans safe. I encourage everyone to recognize them with a nomination.” -Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General
The awards acknowledge the people behind the innovative projects in the areas of victims’ services, youth justice committees, restorative justice programs and other crime prevention efforts.
Nomination categories include:
To nominate a community leader, submit a completed application form by February 13, 2015.
The Alberta Community Justice Awards ceremony will be in Edmonton in May. The event will be co-hosted by the Government of Alberta and the Edmonton Police Service.
Thank you everyone for attending the ACCPA 2014 Workshop on ‘Bringing Alberta Together…Building Resilient Communities’. It was a great success and we hope you enjoyed the presentations from the various provincial municipalities showcasing their collaborative efforts in working with other agencies/services to help reduce crime.
The ACCPA Team would like to especially thank Sheldon Kennedy as our keynote speaker addressing “how government, corporate and community can work together to build more resilient communities”. His heartfelt speech about his personal experiences as well as his efforts in building the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre was truly inspiring for all of us!
In addition, the ACCPA team would like to thank the presenters from Grande Prairie Crime Prevention and Grande Prairie RCMP; Crime Prevention Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Wood Buffalo RCMP; REACH Edmonton and John Howard Society, Edmonton, and from Brooks: Centra Safe House, Healthy Families Outreach, and Brooks RCMP. All the presentations were very informative in terms of identifying the benefits and challenges on crime prevention collaborations. These tips will definitely help new, as well as existing collaboration efforts in the Alberta communities!
Thanks again to those of you that attended the workshop and the ACCPA Team hope to see you again for next year’s workshop!
ACCPA 2014 Workshop pictures:
(Sheldon Kennedy, Keynote Speaker)
(Lucy Wang, Research Consultant; Karen Gariepy, ACCPA Pres.; Dr.John Winterdyk, ACCPA Director; Lillian Jones, ACCPA Ex. Dir.; Sheldon Kennedy)
(Karen Gariepy, ACCPA Pres.)
(Carsten Erbe, Crime Prevention & Restorative Justice, AB Justice & Solicitor General)
(Cst. Kara Hagen, Lethbridge Police Service, ACCPA Director & Workshop M.C.)
(Cst. Tracie Sanikopoulos, RCMP, Grande Prairie)
(Dawn Elliott, Child & Youth Intervention, Grande Prairie)
(Mark Kay, Crime Prevention Liaison, Wood Buffalo & ACCPA Director)
(Cst. Kandice Perry, RCMP, Wood Buffalo)
(Liz Lacika, Edmonton John Howard (seated) & Jan Fox, REACH Edmonton Ex. Dir.)
(Shauna Bell, Ex. Dir., Cantara Safe House, Brooks)
(Clarion Hotel Conference Room, ACCPA Workshop)
(Lucy Wang, Research Consultant; Tony Chin, ACCPA treas/Director; & Sgt. Darryl Urano, RCMP AB “K” Div. Edmonton & ACCPA Director)
(Tony Chin, ACCPA Treas/Director; S.Sgt. Dean Hamm, RCMP AB “K” Div., Edmonton & ACCPA Director; Sgt. Darryl Urano, RCMP AB “K” Div. Edmonton & ACCPA Director)
Good day everyone!
For those of you that have missed any of the presentations or would like to go over them again, the presenters have kindly shared them with us!
Please click on the attached PowerPoints below:
Please click on the link below for the Canadian Citizens on Patrol Association (CCOPA) December 2014 Newsletter where you’ll find CCOPA updates as well as the dangerous facts about impaired driving!
Stay safe everyone!
8:00 – 8:30 am Registration Desk Opens
8:30 – 8:45 am Opening of Workshop – Karen Gariepy, ACCPA President Workshop Emcee – Sarah Thompson, ACCPA Board Member
8:45 – 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks: AB Ministry Justice and Solicitor General
9:00 – 9:45 am Keynote Speaker – Sheldon Kennedy
9:45 – 10:00 am Question and Answer Period
10:00 – 10:15 am BREAK
10:15 – 11:15 am Presenter: Grande Prairie
11:15 – 11:45 am Annual General Meeting
11:45 am – 12:30 pm LUNCH
12:30 – 1:30 pm Presenter: Fort McMurray
1:30 – 2:30 pm Presenter: REACH Edmonton
2:30 – 2:45 pm BREAK
2:45 – 3:45 pm Presenter: Brooks
3:45 – 4:15 pm Question and Answer Period
4:15 – 4:30 pm WRAP-UP and BAG LUNCH
“Have a safe journey home!”
This months’ column is prepared by Steve Woolrich, a former board member of ACCPA and now a private consultant based in Red Deer. Steve works with various municipalities and other provincially based crime prevention initiatives such as the Alberta Gang Reduction Network. One of Steve’s recent projects is a clear example of how crime prevention initiatives can involve a whole community and how it can improve the Safety and perceived quality of life. We hope you enjoy this months’ column and welcome any feedback you might have
Can we design out crime and reduce the potential for violence, property crime and social disorder in the communities we live? Absolutely, one solution is called Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) and it’s been constantly evolving. The origins of CPTED date back to the 1960s but many practitioners are shifting their attention to what is referred to as Second Generation CPTED. In many cases community planners, security professionals, police agencies and architects are still using traditional methods. It’s time to take a second look and embrace an improved approach that better suits the needs and concerns of all community stakeholders.
The International CPTED Association (ICA) defines it as a multi-disciplinary approach to deterring criminal behavior through environmental design. CPTED strategies rely upon the ability to influence offender decisions that precede criminal acts by affecting the built, social and administrative environment. As a practitioner of both traditional and second-generation methodologies the proof as they say is in the pudding. How can we interact and feel safe in our environment without considering the social cohesion that must exist in order for a community to be healthy and thrive?
This summer a new initiative called Art Alley was launched in Red Deer, Alberta and embraced both traditional and second generation CPTED. The Red Deer Downtown Business Association and the City of Red Deer Social Planning department funded the project. Being asked to lead the summer project was an eye opener and only strengthened my belief that all communities can benefit from using these strategies. The initiative focused around a particular back alley known to many of the downtown businesses, residents and RCMP.
After several planning meetings, a project team was chosen consisting of five local artists including Danielle Stewart a photographer/videographer that visually documented the work. The other four artists included Stephen Birch, Jesse Gouchey, Emily Thomson and Mike Villasana. All the artists brought their own unique styles to the various walls of the area, including a series of small murals on the John Howard Society. The game plan was to not only create great art and revitalize the area but invite several high-risk youth to work closely with the artists. One particular young fellow with a zest for art enjoyed the experience immensely. For the most part, all of the murals were painted using spray paint, Gouchey and Birch’s preferred medium. However, Thomson and Villasana added their own unique brush strokes creating two very artistic pieces of their own.
So, the bottom-line always comes down to results, especially for those funding a project such as Art Alley. Did it change the environment and improve safety? Has there been an impact on crime? Was there success and will Art Alley be funded again in 2015. The response is an overwhelming Yes! The local businesses and social agencies in the area claim that it has brought new vitality and some much needed color to the downtown. Many folks are no longer afraid to walk down the alley because it seems that there are suddenly lots of people wanting to take in the sights. Seems it’s also slowed down traffic, improving safety. Last but not least, some great mentoring occurred with other social agencies hoping to jump on board next summer and help paint the town Red – Deer
How does environmental design or CPTED factor into this project! The (3) primary and (2) supporting principles typically used are:
- Natural Surveillance
- Territorial Reinforcement
- Natural Access Control
- Activity Support
The Art Alley project has created more eyes on the street (alley), improving natural surveillance. More street art has helped develop a new sense of territorial influence by building and business owners while discouraging access to some crime targets. The increased activity support and improved maintenance around the mural sites is a welcomed improvement – a win, win situation for everyone but the criminals.
Visit the Art Alley Facebook Page
For more information on CPTED visit the International CPTED Association
The answers are all around us, each and every day. As community members and crime prevention practitioners we should be helping to foster a culture of caring and encouraging strong partnerships that will remain sustainable for years to come. It’s projects such as Alberta based Art Alley project that can help all of us to care more, connect with others and communicate through various mediums, including street art.
This month our contribution was prepared by Kathy Macdonald, M.O.M., Security Consultant, Cyber Safety Specialist YouthLink Calgary, Retired Police Officer, and a current ACCPA Board Member.
The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. From online games to social networking, the Internet can be a wonderful place to conduct business, access news, play games and generally stay connected with friends. However, with unlimited access to information comes the risk of clicking on untrusted links, visiting unscrupulous websites and communicating information and images that should have remained private. These and other online activities can lead to a loss of privacy and a very real threat to our personal and financial well-being. Other online risks exist as well, including viral infections from malware, and a torrent of scams that can lead to identity theft and fraud. Moreover, of particular concern to parents, is their child’s connection to on-line predators and their desensitization from viewing highly sexualized images and content.
As a cyber safety specialist at the Calgary Police Service for the many years and currently at YouthLink Calgary, parents have asked me how to keep their children safe from online dangers. Some have become concerned after viewing their child’s questionable online conversations. Others have become alarmed upon learning that their kids are using the Internet to search out information about relationship problems, dating advice, and human sexuality rather than asking them.
In particular, parents are frustrated and frightened to learn that their children are accessing controversial and somewhat scandalous websites like Omegle, ChatRoulette or Ask.fm. Generally, parents worry about the long-term effects of exposure to violence in games and sexualized images, and speculate whether sharing highly personal photos and personal information with others online is just a function of growing up on the Internet. They worry that seemingly innocuous activities will have long-term negative effects on their child’s reputation, privacy, and mental health.
In my opinion, one activity that is particularly worthy of parental concern is “sexting.” Sexting is defined as sending and receiving sexually explicit images, whether photographs or video, which are nude or semi-nude via an electronic device. Of course there is a risk when any image is circulated on the Internet; however, it can be extremely damaging to a child’s emotional well-being when an intimate image is shared and subsequently forwarded and re-circulated in cyberspace. A further danger occurs when that image is used to harass, embarrass, threaten, blackmail and otherwise exploit that child. This often creates ongoing problems at school and in the community; once any image is transmitted electronically it is extremely difficult to remove it. Earlier this year, for example, a 16-year-old Saanich, BC, girl who texted naked pictures was found guilty of child pornography and uttering threats.
To alleviate the risk of sexting, here are some preventative/proactive tips that I often impart to parents to help monitor for “sexting” while still respecting their child’s privacy.
- Before giving your child a mobile device, have a conversation about rules surrounding the appropriate use of the device.
- Agree on well-defined personal boundaries regarding taking and sharing personal photographs and videos. Consider signing a family contract with your child agreeing on paper that they never take nude or semi-nude pictures of themselves.
- Once the child has the device, be aware of, and monitor on an ongoing basis, the apps your kids are using. Kids often believe that their photos disappear using certain apps or that their activities are anonymous when they use certain apps and websites. Tell them that there are still opportunities to capture screen shots using these platforms and that risks are always present whenever an image is sent or received.
- Foster a level of mutual trust and encourage your kids to tell you if they encounter any kind of problem. Make sure they know that you will support them regardless of what they may have inadvertently come across online. Visit www.needhelpnow.ca for additional support on the topic of sexting.
- Help your kids set up accounts with strong passwords on approved websites.
- Set up an alert to help monitor their online identity at a reputable alert site like www.google.com or www.twilert.com
Education plays an important in staying safe online! On September 17 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, GetCyberSafe is airing its first-ever English conversation titled #CyberTalk. The French portion will take place on September 24 at 1:00 p.m EDT. #CyberTalk is a real-time, online Q&A where Canadian parents can ask questions to leading experts on cyber security, online safety, and parenting. The discussion will give parents answers about cyberbullying, how to keep their children safe online and on social media, and what types of online controls should be in place to protect their children from Internet dangers.
Additionally, October 2014 marks the 14th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month, a joint effort by government and business leaders from across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. This event puts into effect better practices and safeguards to combat cyber crime with the goal of raising awareness about cyber safety.
Internet safety is an important topic in family life these days. Parents can protect their children by being proactive, responsible role models. Parents can obtain assistance with this balancing act from helpful websites from Canada like www.cybertip.ca and looking to great events like #CyberTalk. With appropriate support, managing our digital footprints is more straightforward and less problematic than ever before. Stay safe and have fun online!
We are in the midst of summer when many people and families engage in travel. Although a time that most of us look forward, it is also a time that we need to be aware of some of the risks when travelling.
This month’s column was prepared by Chicago based Karen Knecht, Global Talent & Leadership Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group. Karen enjoys travelling the world and going out to enjoy different food and drinks. She shares some great tips we can all follow when we are on the road to prevent crime. The objective of this column is not to be an alarmist but to promote a level of awareness so that you have a positive holiday experience.
It feels like we are surrounded by criminal activities day in, day out: news reports show crimes that just happened, we read books about serial killers, and we watch TV shows which add drama to situations that might have happened at one stage in time. Don’t let this be your fate though, especially when you travel or go out to enjoy summer! Hotels and restaurants are focused on your safety and security. Team members get regular training which helps them with identifying suspicious people and packages, preventing fraud, and handling incidents involving intoxicated patrons. We as individuals can do our part to prevent crime and/or being a victim of as crime. For example, being aware of our surroundings and identifying suspicious people and packages.
So what makes somebody a suspicious person?
In general suspicious people portray nervous behaviour such as avoiding eye contact, glancing around, sweating profusely, tapping their feet, and moving faster or slower than people around them. They hang around areas nobody else is present, or sit in a corner and look out for potential victims who leave their briefcases, suitcases, purses, or cell phones unattended. They sometimes wear inappropriate or over-sized clothes like a coat on a warm day which enables them to hide something in it. Keeping their hands in their pockets can indicate that they might have a weapon. Very suspicious behaviour is when somebody tries to open hotel or car doors, one after the other.
And what makes a package suspicious?
Any unattended bag, briefcases, packages, etc. can contain an explosive device. Take caution is you receive a package or letter that is addressed to your company, but not directed to a specific person or department. These suspicious packages might also have inappropriate or unusual labeling: no return address, distorted handwriting, misspelled common words, uneven surface, appears to contain no correspondence, excessive postage, incorrect titles or title without a name, threatening language or pictures, postmarked from a city or state that does not match the return address, delivered by unexplained or unusual means, oily stains or discoloration, powdery substances (felt or appearing), peculiar odors, bulky, protruding wires or aluminum foil, excessive weight, ticking sound, etc). DO NOT TOUCH any of these suspicious packages, evacuate the area and contact security or police immediately.
So what should you do when you encounter a suspicious person?
It is very important that you don’t panic! Always be polite and courteous (smile and use eye-contact) when you greet the person and ask if you can help them. Note details about the person such as hair color, height, weight, clothing, ethnicity, gender, etc. Then contact security or police and tell them which direction the subject was heading to so they can follow up.
Here are a number of tips you can consider to avoid being a victim:
- Pay attention to your surroundings.
- Don’t talk on the phone or text when you walk down a street as this might distract you and make you an easy target.
- Don’t look like a tourist! Put your camera away if you are not taking pictures, fit in wearing appropriate clothes, and don’t look at your travel guide in plain sight.
- Put your money in a money belt or in an inside coat pocket. Don’t carry all your money and credit cards with you. Use traveler checks or pre-paid credit cards.
- Keep a copy of your passport, ID, credit cards, etc. in a safe place. If you lose the original you have the details available so can replace documents easier.
- Use the hotel safe to store your valuables.
- Don’t leave your credit card out of your site. It is easy to take a picture of your cards and use the information on the internet.
- Only use marked taxis and note the taxi number.
- Ask a trusted person what areas you should avoid walking around. Most cities have areas you don’t want to end up in!
- Don’t walk or stand too close to the road.
- Wear a bag that cannot be grabbed easily. Put your bag on your lap or somewhere it cannot be grabbed easily when you are sitting down.
- Don’t put your cellphone on the table of outdoor restaurants. It’s very easy for somebody to grab it and run away.
Follow these tips and have a fun summer!