Fighting violent crime in our city is complex and challenging. To help combat it, we introduced the Violence Reduction Strategy in 2011. Using this strategy, we are reducing violence in Edmonton with research, intelligence, technology and partnerships.
Reduce violence to people at risk of victimization and offending, and reduce harm to vulnerable persons and communities.
Our mission is closely linked to the EPS mission. We aim to:
- Suppress, intervene and prevent violent crime and disorder.
- Support people at risk of becoming victims of violent crime and disorder.
- Assist people at risk of becoming offenders to resist violent and threatening behaviours.
- Partner with individuals, communities and service providers to achieve a safer city.
- Take an evidence-based approach in the development of responses to achieve the Vision.
There are three main goals that will measure the success of the Violence Reduction Strategy:
Focus and Action Steps
We have divided immediate action steps into three areas of focus:
We then divided the action steps into four main areas of focus. These are based on the main root causes of violence in Edmonton, especially as they relate to vulnerable persons:
- Edged weapons
- Alcohol and drugs
- Distressed communities
- Social disorder
Under each area of focus, we currently have a number of initiatives underway. The main goal of each is to lessen incidents of violence and violent crime. Over time, as we determine their impact, we will modify, add or subtract initiatives.