The Community Safety Strategy was developed in 2014 to combat the real and perceived concerns about safety in North Battleford. In the strategy it is recognized that root causes of community safety concerns and crime include poverty, lack of security of food and shelter, lack of education, addictions and mental health issues. Therefore, community safety must be managed in a proactive, holistic, service-based approach. Actions must be ongoing and can not only occur in reaction to serious events.
The North Battleford Community Safety Strategy is comprised of five pillars:
- Creating opportunities
- Helping individuals and complex families
- Co-ordinating existing and seeking new programs
- Preventing and suppressing crime
- Engaging people within the regional community
Download: Community Safety Strategy Comments (December 5, 2017)
The following services and initiatives have been implemented under the Community Safety Strategy (click on each tab to find information on the respective initiative):
Battlefords Citizens on Patrol
In this program, concerned residents, business owners or operators volunteer their time to assist RCMP in identifying suspicious activity or crime in progress, and reporting that information to the RCMP. For their own safety, Citizens on Patrol volunteers travel in pairs, and take careful notes during their patrols. One of the main features of this initiative is creating opportunities for more "eyes on the street" monitoring activity and providing information to the RCMP.
To join the team, interested individuals can download the Citizens on Patrol registration form and turn it in to City Hall.
Community Safety Officers
In conjunction with the Province of Saskatchewan the City of North Battleford has been granted to appoint Special Constables/Peace Officers which are referred to as Community Safety Officers. CSOs work in close collaboration with RCMP members in order to enhance community safety and security.
For more information on the Community Safety Officers click here.
CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design)
This multi-disciplinary approach aims to deter criminal behavior through environmental design and community capacity building through locally-driven public safety initiatives. Initially developed in the 1960’s it has expanded and developed over the decades to now where it has gained wide international acceptance. North Battleford uses these principals as part of the overall Community Safety Strategy to build a stronger and safer community for everyone.
City Council has approved the formation of a CPTED Committee consisting of managers from several City Departments as well as Fire, CSOs and RCMP. The role of this committee is to oversee implementation of projects that are based on CPTED principals.
Download the Residential Security Brochure here.
"The safest communities in the world are the ones where people know their neighbours", Herb Sutton, Community Safety Coordinator. That's why the City of North Battleford promotes Block Parties.
Download the Block Party How To Guide, the Temporary Street Use Permit and the Block Party Handout.
Crime free Multi-Housing Program
The program is intended to reduce crime and increase safety in multi-unit rental facilities and buildings through education and physical changes to the buildings.
Eyes That Care
This initiative empowers residents who want to address the preventable crime challenges that North Battleford is facing and encourages residents to do the following:
- Sign up for the Eyes That Care Program
- Meet neighbours and share contact information
- Watch for any suspicious activity
- Report any suspicious activity to the RCMP
- Remove all valuables from vehicles
- Lock up personal property
- Ensure that vehicles are locked and the keys are on the person, NOT inside the vehicle.
In exchange for residents committing to this project, the City provides a solar motion sensor light thanks to support of Canadian Tire and a Eyes That Care sign to be displayed in the front window.
The ultimate goal is to reduce preventable crimes such as vehicle thefts and residential break-ins by 10%.
Download the Eyes That Care registration to apply for the program and turn it in to City Hall.
A team of designated staff from government ministries meet regularly to address community safety and wellness issues by delivering services to those in need before they enter criminality or experience serious difficulty in other areas.
In 2014, in conjunction with the Community Safety Strategy, the City of North Battleford agreed to the amalgamation of the Battlefords municipal and provincial RCMP detachments. This tremendous relationship continues and is an integral component.
For more information on the Battlefords RCMP click here.
First Nations-Municipal Community Economic Development Initiative (CEDI)
In 2017 the City of North Battleford has entered into a 3-year agreement with Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) to work together on a regional economic development plan.
CEDI aims to improve the economic prosperity of participating municipalities and adjacent First Nations through joint community economic development and land use planning. CEDI is a joint initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (Cando).
SAGE (Safety, Acceptance, Guidance, Empowerment)
This community-based group emerged out of a need to address community safety within the City of North Battleford. The members are committed to working with the community to develop and implement a strategic plan. As a result, SAGE has focused its efforts on a community engagement model. Community safety impacts everyone in our community, and as a result, everyone needs to be involved.
Community members who want to help build a safer City are welcome to join the SAGE team. Contact Herb Sutton (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
Download the SAGE image brochure here.
Security Camera Registry
Business owners and residents in the Battlefords area can help protect the community by registering the location of their security camera(s) with the Battlefords Citizens on Patrol Program. The information will be shared with the RCMP and Community Safety Officers and will remain confidential. Should an incident occur in the area, RCMP or CSOs may contact you to view security footage.
Download the Security Camera registration form and turn it in to North Battleford City Hall.
For more information on the Community Safety Strategy or any of the initiatives, contact:
Jim Puffalt, City Manager, 306-445-1727
Herb Sutton, Community Safety Coordinator, Sutton.email@example.com