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Citizen initiated community patrols doing their part to reduce crime

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Citizen initiated community patrols doing their part to reduce crime
*Southeast Division CAT Deployment March 19 -22
Keeping our neighbourhoods safe is a community effort so the Edmonton Police Service will be working with several community partners to reduce crime and violence in Southeast Division with the Community Action Team deployment from March 19 – 22, 2014.

The Community Action Team (CAT) is part of the ongoing EPS Violence Reduction Strategy. It is a unified, focused, high-visibility policing concept, with an organized mobile police unit created for maximum contact, enforcement and education. The CAT deployments are highly visible and mobile, and have been successful in quickly addressing a wide range of criminal and social issues.

Southeast Division is the only area with active community patrols that regularly volunteer their time to observe and report crime to the Edmonton Police Service.

The Mill Woods, Southeast Central Community Patrols and the Citizens Patrol Radio Network (CPRN) will be participating in this week’s CAT initiative by driving around and reporting suspicious vehicles, persons and incidents to police. The community patrols consists of about 25 dedicated volunteers who help EPS patrol over 12 communities within southeast Edmonton about two to three times every month.

“Community Patrols make a real difference,” says Acting Sgt. Scott Gargan with Southeast Division. “Over the years, they have contributed to numerous warrants being executed, arrests and have curbed the danger and reported suspected impaired drivers. We all work together to keep our community safe.”

Southeast Division will be hosting a community barbeque over the four-day CAT deployment in the Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre parking lot (near Safeway). Police officers and members from the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET) will be on hand to serve free hamburgers and distribute crime prevention materials to the public and will give away free anti-theft license plate screws for vehicles. The Forest Heights NET team will be focusing on garage break and enters using the Notification of Community Crime (NOCC) program.

EPS officers will be focused on reducing crimes through high-visibility policing, proactive foot patrols in hot spots, management of prolific offenders, and traffic enforcement.

Some of the targeted areas will include: Bonnie Doon, King Edward Park, Holyrood, 82 Avenue, Ottwell, Forest Heights, Idlewyide, and various industrial sites.
Enforcement units will be targeting criminal activity in the area and social agencies will provide support to vulnerable persons. Traffic STAT teams, patrol and by-law officers, Public Safety Compliance Team, EPS Cadets, Mill Woods Community Patrol, Southeast Central Community Patrol, Community Police Radio Network, NET, Edmonton Transit Security, Bonnie Doon Community League, Bissell Centre and and Boyle Outreach will target crime “hot-spots” in the neighbourhood.

Media are invited to join EPS officers for a chance to discuss and witness first-hand how CAT works within the community on Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Bonnie Doon Mall parking lot (by Safeway).

For more information about the EPS Violence Reduction Strategy, please visit http://www.edmontonpolice.ca/vrs.

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