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December 14, 2012

Provincial crime prevention and reduction strategy launched

A crime prevention and reduction strategy launched today is intended to ensure that the province's approach to crime and victimization is evidence-based, co-ordinated to make the most of limited resources, and focused on achieving real outcomes.

“There is a need to move from the traditional reactive criminal justice crime response, and this strategy was created to address that need,” said Premier David Alward. “Current crime responses are costly in terms of money and human capital; a well-developed strategy to reduce and prevent crime will ensure the best use of our tax dollars and our people.”

The strategy, entitled Moving from Theory to Outcomes: New Brunswick's Crime Prevention and Reduction Strategy, was developed by the Department of Public Safety's Roundtable on Crime and Public Safety. It is based on proven practices through planning, education, co-ordination, innovative leadership and evaluation.

The strategy focuses on priorities that were established in concert with experts from across the province and have been selected for focus because the need is greatest in these areas:

  • youth at risk;
  • chronic repeat offenders; and
  • domestic/intimate partner violence

Within each priority, specific approaches will be applied for First Nations populations and to mental health and addictions issues.

The federal government provided almost $300,000 through the Crime Prevention Action Fund to support the Equipping for Crime Prevention project which has assisted in the development of the New Brunswick crime prevention and reduction strategy.

“By launching their own crime prevention and reduction strategy, New Brunswick, one of our strong partners, is supporting our National Crime Prevention Strategy to tackle crime and build stronger, safer communities,” said Public Safety Canada Minister Vic Toews. “Collaborations such as these go a long way towards keeping our streets safe.”

By implementing a strategy to prevent and reduce crime and victimization, New Brunswick will be on par with or ahead of other Canadian jurisdictions.

“While overall New Brunswick crime rates are low compared to other provinces, we need to take this opportunity to build upon existing strengths if we are going to remain a safe province and enjoy a high quality of life,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors. “The roundtable has done a good job by presenting a strong, evidence-based strategy to the government.”