28 | 04 | 2015

Calgary Police Service May Newsletter and new CRO

Police and communities working together

Did you know that every community in the city has a police officer who’s dedicated to helping resolve community safety and security issues? Since 1998, each of Calgary’s policing districts has designated several “community resource officers” who work with Calgarians every day to help keep this city safe.

How your community resource officers can help

Community resource officers, or CROs, are the Service’s ambassadors to businesses, residents and schools throughout the city. They focus on identifying and resolving issues of concern to everyone, such as vehicles speeding on certain streets, houses that may be a target for illegal activity, potential frauds aimed at businesses and parks that are being used as overnight gathering places.

One successful initiative is the Graffiti Awareness and Abatement Program, which involves the community, city bylaw services and police. It works to increase public awareness of graffiti and encourage Calgarians to record, report and remove graffiti.

The CROs provide a key point of contact for community policing initiatives and problem-solving. They monitor crime trends, traffic concerns and social issues within their zone. They also keep track of the crime issues that are of particular concern to residents.

How you can help

If you have a security or safety concern in your community, contact your local CRO. They’ll talk with you and other community members about solutions for crime that may already be happening and about proactive measures that you can take to prevent further crime.

The CROs can put you in touch with other city agencies, all of which can work together to come up with practical, effective solutions. They also offer community presentations to help residents, businesses, associations and schools learn more about issues such as Internet safety, drug use, house and vehicle security, and protecting yourself against identify theft.

Community involvement is an essential part of making our city the best it can be – your CROs can help, and so can you!

Contact your CRO

The new community resource officer in your area is Cst #4247 Steve Gallant. He works at the 2 District Office on 403-567-6200.

Vigilance - Courage - Pride

On your bike!

Stay safe and stay healthy

 

Cycling is an excellent way to get outdoors and get active  and it’s a great family activity. To keep you and your family safe, just follow these easy tips from the Calgary Police Service.

 

Wear a helmet

Alberta law requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle or riding in a bicycle seat. The Calgary Police Service recommends that everyone wear a helmet when engaged in activities such as cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading and the like. Parents are responsible for ensuring that anytime their children ride a bike, they are wearing a safety-approved cycling helmet that fits properly.

 

Follow the rules of the road

Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers while riding on roadways, including obeying all traffic signs and signals. Make sure that you and your children follow these rules:

 

  • Children under 14 are allowed to ride their bikes on the sidewalk in Calgary, but all other cyclists must ride single file along with traffic on the right-hand side of the road.
  • Use the proper hand signals so that other vehicles will know where you’re going.
  • Take extra caution near busy intersections and at the entrances of alleys and driveways.
  • Red lights, stop signs and other traffic signs also apply to bicycles, so make sure that your children know what they mean.
  • Pedestrians always have the right-of-way over bicycles, whether they're on the sidewalk, on a path or at an intersection.
  • All bicycles are required by law to have a bell or horn to be used as a warning device: Always approach a pedestrian with caution and ring the bike's bell as a warning before passing.
  • Bicycles should be in good working condition, with proper safety equipment such as lights and reflectors.
  • Size your bike right: Your toes should touch the ground when you’re on the seat, and the bike should be easy to steer.

 

Enjoy Calgary’s pathways

Calgary’s pathways are open not only to cyclists, but are also for in-line skaters, pedestrians and runners  so it’s important to share the paths with everyone.

 

  • When entering a pathway, yield to users on the path, then move over and ride on the right.
  • Pass on the left and use an audible signal, such as a bell or horn, as a warning.
  • Obey all posted signs and markings along the pathway.

 

For more tips to stay safe while riding on your wheels, including skateboards and in-line skates, visit www.calgarypolice.ca and click on Traffic Safety.

Crime Prevention Delivered To Your Inbox

The Calgary Police Service has gone digital with community crime prevention messages. 

The Service is expanding the Police and Community Awareness Program (PCAP) to include e-mail and text capabilities, and is being rebranded “The Hub”.

Calgarians who want information about crime and other activity in their community can sign up to receive voicemail, email or text alerts as part of The Hub, the new CPS information headquarters.

The system, originally known as the Police and Community Telephone (PACT), has sent approximately 2,700 voicemail messages to Calgarian’s since 1993.

The Hub will alert citizens to important situations such as criminal activity or requests for public assistance in cases such as missing persons. The Hub will also be used for proactive community information such as crime prevention advice, and promotion of community events.

The Hub is another way to connect Calgarians to their communities and to the Calgary Police Service, in our partnership in making Calgary a safer place for us all.

More than 64,000 households and nearly 6,500 businesses subscribed to PCAP. Current subscribers will be required to re-register with the new system in order to keep receiving alerts.

The Hub will also help deliver messages to Calgarians based on several factors including demographics and their geographic location.

To sign up, visit calgarypolice.ca and look for "The Hub".

The Hub is proudly sponsored by Encana.

Regards
Cst. Nick Wilsher #4584
Calgary Police Service
Community Resource Officer
District Two - Zone Two
403-567-6200
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Neighbourhood Crime Alert

Neighbours please be informed that early this morning 1:50am (Thursday, Sept. 26) at 14 Avenue & 24 Street SW,  there was a break in. A resident's truck was broken into and the perpetrator was also seen in the neighbouring backyard. The neighbours noticed him and called 911. The police sent a helicopter and dogs to track him. As of the time of writing this, they haven't caught him yet. Doesn't look like they stole anything from the the residents who notified the police although the perpetrator does appear to have been in their shed and he dumped the stuff he stole in the reporting resident's backyard.

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Reporting Crime and Traffic Concerns Online

Online Crime Reporting

Did you know that you can report certain types of crimes to the Calgary Police Service online? When you use the CPS Citizen Online Report System, you can submit a report about a crime immediately and print a copy of the police report for free.

When you use the quick and easy online reporting system, it can help you by providing reports for your records. It also helps the police to identify and address crime trends in your area.

What can I report online?

The online reporting system currently takes reports about the following crimes, as long as their value is less than $5,000 (Canadian), there’s no known suspect, and the incident happened within Calgary’s city limits:

How do I report a crime online?

To report crime online, go to calgarypolice.ca, and click on “Citizen Online Report System.” 

Follow the screen prompts to fill in the information and submit your report.

When you’re finished, you can print a copy of the police report to keep for your records. Police will review your case, and will contact you if needed.

Traffic Service Requests

A Traffic Service Request deals with persistent traffic violation(s) that are noted by the public in a specific area and that can be expected to re-occur when a responding Officer attends to the complaint. "One Off" complaints where a specific violator or license number can be identified may be referred to 403-266-1234 for appropriate dispatched response.

If contact information is not provided, and pertinent details are missing, there is no guarantee that action will be taken to address the concerns outlined.

A member of the Traffic Section will contact you about your request, to obtain any additional information required and a pre-post contact call from the assigned Officer will inform you of the action taken and results.

Link to Traffic Service Requests

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