IRCOM was host to City of Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman who announced the 23 recipients of the Community Safety and Crime Prevention (CSCP) grant at a press conference held today.
“It’s no secret that, along with other cities in Canada, our city has been facing challenges related to public safety and community wellness,” said Bowman. “And it’s been sited many, many times that there needs to be a greater focus on targeting ways we can reduce crime so that we can reduce the number of calls to service for our Winnipeg Police Service.
The CSCP program was established to support community-level activities that strengthen local crime prevention and community safety efforts, promote the exchange of information between community residents, and that help build closer relationships between communities and the Winnipeg Police Service. A total of $100,000 was made available through the program.
IRCOM’s Neighbourhood Watch Program proposal was one of the 23 successful programs to receive the CSCP funding.
“IRCOM is pleased indeed to be selected for…the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Grant,” said Talatu Shokpeka, Manager of IRCOM’s Community Resource Program. “We know that when communities walk together things happen faster.”
“I’m pleased to see funding from the new Community Safety and Crime Prevention program being made to support deserving organizations in our community,” said Bowman. “There are unique solutions in neighborhoods across the city and this program will help community organizations make progress toward increasing community safety and preventing crime.”
The goal of the Neighbourhood Watch initiative is to empower IRCOM residents to get involved and take care of their own safety, to use education to increase awareness, to provide information sessions and training to support newcomers and newcomer youth.
“We know that the police…can’t do the work alone and community organizations need to be part of the solutions,” says Shokpeka. “So we are going to walk in partnership with other organizations that have also been awardees of this grant to make sure that we bring safety to the neighborhood.”