CPO Speaker Series: After the Call

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As Chair of Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO), I would like to invite residents to an upcoming CPO Speaker Series Event happening on April 23rd.

 

We are all told to ‘make the right call’, but how do police make use of this information to stop crime? Find out first-hand from the people taking the calls, and the Crime Analysts sifting through the information you provide! Don’t miss out on this behind-the-scenes look at your role in solving crime.

 

The event will take place in Andrew Haydon Hall in City Hall (110 Laurier Ave W) on Monday, April 23rd from 8:30-11:00 AM. Coffee and information tables at 8:30 am, program starts at 9:00 am

 

The session will be chaired by General Manager of Emergency and Protective Services, Anthony Di Monte, with opening remarks provided by myself. Over the course of the session, you will hear from a group of expert panelists including:

  • Dawn Neilly, Community Police Officer, Ottawa Police Service
  • Nicole Bordeleau, Manager of Ottawa Police Call Centre
  • Jackalyn Getz, Crime Stoppers
  • Melinda Otterspoor, Crime Intelligence Analyst

 

Panellists’ remarks will be in English only, however, questions will be encouraged in both official languages.

 

Please R.S.V.P. your attendance to Crime Prevention Ottawa at cpo@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.

 

Paint it Up! Mural Program Reduces Graffiti Through Art

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If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

 

Now in its ninth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

 

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved more than 1,922 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on 67 projects across the city, supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in reducing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

 

Applications for the 2018 Paint It Up! program are available on the Crime Prevention Ottawa website or by calling 3-1-1. The deadline for applications is April 3 at 4 p.m. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth, in a constructive learning process, to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

 

For more information about the Paint it Up! program and how to apply, applicants are encouraged to register for a public information session by calling 3-1-1 or e-mailing CPO@Ottawa.ca.

Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

Date: Monday, February 26

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Place: City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

2nd floor Colonel By Room

 

Date: Wednesday, February 28

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Place: St-Laurent Complex

525 Coté Street

Claude Aubry Room

 

Thank you for helping to keep out community looking great!

Paint it Up! Mural Program Reduces Graffiti Through Art

If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

 

Now in its ninth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

 

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved more than 1,922 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on 67 projects across the city, supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in reducing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

 

Applications for the 2018 Paint It Up! program are available on the Crime Prevention Ottawa website or by calling 3-1-1. The deadline for applications is April 3 at 4 p.m. Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth, in a constructive learning process, to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

 

For more information about the Paint it Up! program and how to apply, applicants are encouraged to register for a public information session by calling 3-1-1 or e-mailing CPO@Ottawa.ca.

 

Information sessions will be held on the following dates:

 

Date: Monday, February 26

Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Place: City Hall

110 Laurier Avenue West

2nd floor Colonel By Room

 

Date: Wednesday, February 28

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Place: St-Laurent Complex

525 Coté Street

Claude Aubry Room

 

Thank you for helping to keep out community looking great!

Home takeovers workshops available

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Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) has partnered with the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities to tackle the issue of home takeovers.  If you would like to book a workshop for your staff, your clients or your community, please contact hometakeovers@gmail.com. The free workshops can be tailored to the specific needs of your agency or community.

 

CPO has also created a number of resources available to you, including:

Each video highlights a different kind of home takeover including those related to general isolation, developmental disabilities, addictions, youth, gangs and older adults.

 

The home takeovers guidebook is available to service providers for strategies around how to manage these complex situations. It includes suggestions for prevention, identification, intervention and aftercare. All the videos are available on YouTube.

 

For copies of any of the home takeovers printed materials, or to book a presentation or workshop, email hometakeovers@gmail.com. You can also download a print-ready copy of the guidebook.

 

I highly encourage all residents to consider learning more about protecting themselves, their homes, and their families through these great resources courtesy of CPO.

Crime Prevention Ottawa Plans for 2018

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At its January 8 meeting, the Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) Board of Directors approved the 2018 CPO Operational Plan

 

CPO continues its work to make Ottawa a safer city by focusing on our three priority areas: violence against women, neighbourhoods, and youth. Planned activities for 2018 include:

  • Exploring the development of a new Community Safety and Well-Being Plan.
  • Managing the renewed Ottawa Street Violence and Gang Strategy and delivering on the new recommendations.
  • Preventing sexual assault and gender violence through initiatives at mass gatherings, high schools and agencies serving youth.

 

To view the presentation in full, please click here, You can also review the full operational plan for CPO in 2018 here.

To learn more about CPO initiatives, please visit crimepreventionottawa.ca.

CPO Community Safety Awards

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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.

Crime Prevention Ottawa is Recruiting

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Crime Prevention Ottawa is governed and guided by a Board of Directors which is responsible for setting strategic direction, assuring sound financial management and hiring an Executive Director.  The Board of Directors is made up of 16 members: 8 members representing the community and 8 members representing institutions which contribute to safety in our community.  The Board seeks to be reflective of the community of Ottawa.

 

Until November 17th, residents of the City of Ottawa who are 18 years of age or older are invited to apply for a position on the board.  Individuals who reside outside of the city may be eligible if they have made a significant contribution to the Ottawa community.

 

Eligible candidates for the Board of Directors will be invited for interviews by a nominations committee consisting of current Board members and a Community Forum member.  A reference check will be conducted to determine fit.

 

Please submit a one-page letter of application outlining your qualifications, specific skills, interests and background either electronically or through regular mail to:

Francine Demers, Crime Prevention Ottawa

110 Laurier Avenue West-Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Fax: 613-580-2593 – E-mail: CPO@ottawa.ca
For more information on the responsibilities, selection process, or current members of Crime Prevention Ottawa, please visit www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.

2017 Community Safety Awards REMINDER: Send us your nominations!

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The Community Safety Awards are not far away. The ceremony will take place on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. at Ottawa City Hall. Save the date!

Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate a deserving community safety leader. The deadline for submissions is October 3, 2017. The awards honour individuals, groups and programs making Ottawa a safer city for everyone.

Nominees are being sought for the following award categories:

  • Leadership Award
  • Business Award
  • Youth Leadership Award
  • Enforcement Professional Award
  • City Employee Award
  • Volunteer Award
  • Volunteer Program Award
  • Community Program Award

The nomination form, criteria and frequently asked questions can be found at: www.crimepreventionottawa.ca.

Behind Bars: Brain Injury and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in our Justice System

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Our society’s understanding of crime, of guilt and innocence, of following rules, is based on the idea that our brains are all functioning in the same way.  But what happens when a brain is injured, either before birth through exposure to alcohol or after birth through an acquired brain injury?

Crime Prevention Ottawa would like to invite you to learn about the challenge of ABI and FASD and to talk about innovative approaches to service provision that can help.  Dr. Colantonio is a researcher leading important groundwork around the need for a longer-term approach to meet the changing needs of those living with the effects of brain injury, as well as the shortage and inconsistency of rehabilitation services across the country.

The event takes place Thursday, September 21 from 10:00 am to11:30 am at Andrew Haydon Hall (at City Hall)
I highly encourage all residents to stop by this informative session to learn more about these unique conditions and what we can do to improve our reaction to individuals who suffer from them within our community.

To register, please R.S.V.P. to Crime Prevention Ottawa at cpo@ottawa.ca or 613-580-2424 ext. 25393.

CPO Public consultations on street violence in Ottawa

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Street violence affects us all. On June 28 at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre, Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) will take the next steps in refreshing the Ottawa Gang Strategy by holding a public consultation forum.

 

From 2013–16, the Gang Strategy Steering Committee, together with community partners, developed and implemented 12 initiatives to address the problem of street violence. Their four-pillar approach contributed to tangible progress.

 

As the Strategy is renewed, CPO wants to meet the shifting realities of our streets and communities in Ottawa. To do so, your input is requested. This public consultation will allow CPO to hear from a variety of people across Ottawa to find solutions to street violence.

 

I would like to invite all resident to join for facilitated discussions that will help CPO to collectively address the problem.

 

The event will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM on June 28th at the Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (1265 Walkley Rd). Registration is required by emailing cpo@ottawa.ca or by calling 613-580-2424 ex: 25393.