The City of Red Deer
1. We are changing how we do business.
- We are reviewing bylaws, policies and procedures so that we can be more nimble and responsive in our enforcement of bylaws that support crime reduction and improve community safety.
- City Council will consider bylaw updates within the coming months, where changes are needed to enable enforcement that supports crime reduction and community safety.
- The City of Red Deer is already modifying how we go about our day-to-day operations with all staff focused in on crime reduction and community safety.
2. We are advocating.
- City Council continues to call on the Province of Alberta to support in the areas of social order and community safety.
- With $7 million in shelter funding committed as part of the recent provincial budget, The City will work with the Province of Alberta on the construction of a 24/7 shelter with on-site support services.
- City Council continues to advocate for a long-term treatment centre/option in Red Deer as well as permanent supportive housing spaces, which support the transitioning of those experiencing homelessness to housing. These services have been at, or near, capacity for the past year.
3. We are reaching out to work with others.
- A community group known as the Systems Leadership Team (SLT) has formed to launch a coordinated approach to effectively and efficiently deal with community safety issues and root causes. The City of Red Deer is as member of this group, which also includes Alberta Health Services, Red Deer RCMP, local agencies and organizations.
- As it pertains to health and addictions, The City continues to work in collaboration with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to find short, medium and long-term solutions that are in the best health and safety interests for Red Deer.
- In addition to regular meetings, Turning Point and RCMP sit at the table as part of the Red Deer Coalition on Opioids along with AHS, the City, Canadian Mental Health Association, and other community partners.
- Seven public meetings were hosted between November and January to seek input from the public as to what we, as a community, can do to reduce crime and improve community safety.
- An online survey was also launched to collect input from those who could not attend the in-person public meetings.