One of the four core functions of the Regina Police Service is Crime Prevention and Community Development. The Regina Police Service is committed to working cooperatively with the citizens of Regina to deal with significant crime and social issues facing our community. The addition of a Crime Prevention Strategist to the staff in 2001 has allowed the Regina Police Service to assist in the design of interagency approaches to deeply rooted social problems.
The Regina Police Service has always recognized the importance of early intervention and prevention approaches in addition to conventional law enforcement practices. As such, there has been dedicated human resources placed on the research and design of appropriate solutions to address community challenges. One particular mechanism that the Regina Police Service has supported is via the Regina Regional Intersectoral Committees’ (RRIC), Community Support Team (CST). The Community Support Team (endorsed by the RRIC) is a group of individuals drawn from and supported by various human service organizations. This group intentionally functions as a team developing a shared work agenda and is supported in the pursuit of and the delivery on that agenda by the resources of the organizations from which each member is drawn, primarily the member agencies that form the Regina Regional Intersectoral Committee. Through their shared work the CST supports, facilitates, informs and coordinates the community’s efforts for improvement within a Determinants of Community Well Being framework. Its primary focus is on strategies and initiatives that bridge across multiple organizations and sectors of the community to address root causes.
The Crime Prevention Strategist assists in developing effective partnerships within the community and with government institutions to deliver crime prevention initiatives. By communicating and strategizing with common-interest groups it is hoped that there is less initiative duplication in the community. This collaborative work also helps to identify gaps in services and can successfully build long-term crime prevention initiatives.