Calgary will get a ‘public safety’ pilot project

Canada Global (Web News) Tuesday afternoon, provincial and municipal authorities will launch a pilot initiative “addressing public safety in Calgary’s inner city.”

At the announcement at the CPS East Village Safety Hub will be Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services Mike Ellis, Minister of Mental Health and Addiction Nicholas Milliken, Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Chief of Calgary Police Service Mark Neufeld, and Acting Chief of Alberta Sheriffs Bob Andrews.

At 2:00 p.m., this story will broadcast the news conference.

The 15-week pilot experiment will begin in late February, two weeks after the province unveiled a similar programme in Edmonton that will match Alberta Sheriffs with Edmonton Police Service patrols downtown.

According to a housing advocate in Edmonton, the province’s plan for that city does not address the needs of the local population.

On February 2, Jim Gurnett of the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness said, “All that increased enforcement accomplishes on the streets is it either hides or moves around a problem, but it makes no contribution to resolving the situation.”

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