As Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO), I had the privilege of attending the CPO 2017 Community Safety Awards on Monday November 6th at City Hall. Every year during Crime Prevention Week in November, Crime Prevention Ottawa recognizes the people and programs that have made a difference in preventing crime and making communities safer across the city.
The Community Safety Awards is one of our favorite nights of the year. It is an evening where we recognize community leaders in many different walks of life. It is our chance to share inspiring stories and celebrate community successes. Recognizing the efforts of our local safety heroes and to illustrate that there is a role for each of us to play as a resident in making our communities a safer place to live, work and play.
Each year, the evening is kicked-off by Mayor Jim Watson taking the opportunity to proclaim Crime Prevention Week in Ottawa. This is followed by videos recognizing each recipient who then take to the stage to accept their award. I encourage you to watch the individual videos and learn more about this year’s recipients.
CPO is comprised of three full-time employees, community ambassadors and a public board who dedicate their time to working closely with local residents, government, police, school boards, businesses, community services, child protection and other partners to reduce crime and build safer communities.