Friday, November 22, 2013

Prince Rupert to join other Northern BC communities to look at crime at Prince George gathering

In recent years, Northern British Columbia communities have found themselves with some of the highest of crime rates in the province (and in some cases the nation).

With those numbers serving as a backdrop, plans are in place to discuss and examine the issues that the troubling statistics highlight.

On the road next week will be representatives from Prince Rupert and Terrace, who will be joining participants from a number of other BC communities in Prince George. All gathering in the Central Interior city as part of a November 28th meeting with provincial staff.

Hosted by Prince George Mayor Shari Green, the focus of the discussions will be on how best they can approach the problems that face their communities.

Those in attendance will be taking part in a day long review of what is working and what may be required to help reduce crime across the region.

The eventual goal perhaps, to begin the process of developing a northern strategy to reduce crime and tackle some of the key issues that come from those high crime statistics.

The most recent review from Statistics Canada had Prince Rupert's crime index trending lower, down by a significant amount from the numbers of 2009, which was a particularly challenging year for the community.

The review of the statistics was provided for Prince Rupert City Council in August, where some of the approaches to crime reduction were explained by a representative from the local detachment .

While  the numbers may still be high by comparison with among neighbouring communities, Prince Rupert's success in recent years could provide the city with something to offer at the Prince George gathering.

You can review some of the background on the Thursday session below.

Prince George Citizen -- Communities to collaborate on crime
Opinion 250-- Crime Reduction Strategies
Prince George Free Press-- Crime Reduction strategy moves ahead
CKPG-- Task Force gets attention

1 comment:

  1. the two best crime reduction strategies are: create jobs for those who feel disenfranchised and target serial offenders. The other thing that is happening across north america is that the cohort that engages in most criminal behaviour is getting old and retiring from it. I do no know if there has been a shift in demographics in CPR. The school district would have some enrollment data from the last 5 - 15 years that would give a bit of a better idea