Crime Prevention Ottawa

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Crime Prevention Ottawa (CPO) is a city-funded[1] municipal board which aims to contribute to crime reduction and enhanced community safety in Ottawa through collaborative, evidence-based crime prevention.[2]


CPO was established in 2005 based on the recommendations of a 2004 report entitled “Community Crime Prevention: Investing in a Safer Ottawa”. These recommendations called for the creation of a permanent crime prevention responsibility centre that would unite key stakeholders and community members throughout the city.[2] CPO’s vision is a community in which individuals, families and neighborhoods are safe and feel safe. In 2009, budget cuts threatened the continuation of CPO however after overwhelming support from the community CPO received the city funding needed to maintain their ongoing projects and to put in place new targeted crime prevention initiatives throughout the city.[1][3]


CPO’s priorities include reducing violence against women,[4] reducing crime in high risk neighbourhoods and working with youth in high risk environments.[5][6] The "Don't be that Guy" campaign aims at preventing sexual assault by educating young males aged 16–25 through direct and bold messages placed on posters in areas where youth gather (universities, campuses, bars).[7] The "Together for Vanier" initiative involved reaching out to the leaders of the Vanier community and creating a working group on neighborhood beautification, as well as establishing a community association to engage in preventing crime.[8] CPO has the commitment and leadership to create partnerships, implement evidence-based programming, and contribute to long-term crime prevention in Ottawa.


  1. ^ a b "Cuts could wipe out Ottawa anti-crime group". CBC News. December 1, 2009. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Community Consultation on Crime Prevention Priorities". City of Ottawa. 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Program cuts panned at Ottawa budget hearings". CBC News. January 25, 2010. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ (December 1, 2009.) "CPO potentially eliminated." Ottawa Police. Retrieved January 12th 2012.[dead link]
  5. ^ Bell, Danielle (October 22, 2011). "Forum aims to stop scouting of young gang members". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ Chettleburgh, Michael (January 31, 2008). "Now is the Time To Act: Youth Gang Prevention in Ottawa" (PDF). Astwood Strategy Corporation. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Don't be that guy". CBC News (Ottawa). May 20, 2011. Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Together for Vanier: Crime Prevention Ottawa Sparks Change" (PDF). June 19, 2009. Retrieved February 26, 2012. [dead link]

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