REACH Edmonton

REACH Edmonton staff connected fellow Edmontonians to crime prevention and community safety information through the Edmonton Police Service Community Action Team (CAT) deployment on Oct. 1.

The goal of this month's CAT deployment was to build on community policing efforts in West Edmonton by focusing on reducing property and violent crimes.

The CAT deployment also helped citizens connect with officers and representatives of social agencies including Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Capital Region Housing, CEASE, Crime Stoppers, EPS Cadets, EPS Canine Unit, EPS Recruits, the Neighbourhood Empowerment Team and REACH Edmonton.

"These deployments help break barriers by bringing the community and police together," said Acting Staff Sergeant Patrick Ruzage. "It's also a great opportunity for our community partners to share helpful resources."

Over 450 Edmontonians turned out for the free community barbecue, information sharing, canine demonstration and police vehicle display.

REACH works with partner groups to ensure that the information provided is culturally appropriate and presented in a number of languages. REACH staff attend one day out of the typical four-day deployments each month, making sure to connect with various communities.

"By attending community events such as these, our partnerships grow stronger," said REACH Executive Director, Jan Fox. "We are able to share information and raise awareness to ultimately enhance the public's perception of safety."