REACH Edmonton

Photo Courtesy of the Edmonton Police Service.

Pictured: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Crime Stoppers of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, Edmonton Police Service, Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, REACH Edmonton, and YOUCAN Youth Services.

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Community Action Team (CAT) celebrated a milestone of 50 deployments, Sept. 30.

The CAT initiative was developed for the EPS Violence Reduction Strategy to bring together police and community partners to address violence, crime and disorder in at-risk neighbourhoods.

Since its first deployment in 2011, CAT has been successful in bringing together police and community partners to educate residents on crime prevention and connect vulnerable people to services.

"We commend the police for responding to community needs through an increased presence in areas of vulnerability," said Jan Fox, REACH Edmonton executive director. "We are thankful that REACH and other social agencies can be involved as this clearly recognizes that enforcement and prevention go hand-in-hand."

The most recent CAT deployment took place in West Division focusing its resources on reducing the growing number of residential property crimes.

Community partners including Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Crime Stoppers of Edmonton and Northern Alberta, the Edmonton Native Healing Centre, Neighbourhood Empowerment Team and REACH were present to connect with Edmontonians and share information.

"This is a great opportunity to have community members and EPS interact and share ideas regarding public safety and community issues," said Staff Sergeant Patrick Ruzage with West Division.

The EPS Canine Unit and Blue Line Racing team were also in attendance.

The next CAT deployment is slated for Downtown Division, Nov. 25-28.