INTRODUCTION

Communities across Canada are changing how they approach community safety. Response to incidents and incoming calls will always be critical, and it is increasingly complemented by investments in collaboration, social development, and crime prevention.

As part of developing the Community Safety Plan, the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention is conducting a survey of Kelowna residents to inform the plan. The concept of community safety in Kelowna’s CSP includes crime and victimization as well as people’s perceptions of safety and vulnerability. Community safety is a key factor in measuring quality of life.

The CSP seeks to create a community where everyone in Kelowna is safe, feels safe, has a sense of belonging, and has access to services and opportunities. Increasing community safety and well-being will require a collective approach to issues such as poverty and inequality, mental health, substance use, and homelessness. This will help address community safety long term while more immediate interventions will prevent and reduce harms in the short term.

We have reviewed existing data, hosted public consultation activities with a range of groups, including people with lived/living experience, neighbourhood associations, social service organizations, community organizations, the business community, youth, and older adults.

A project steering committee was created to guide development of the CSP. It includes representatives from BC Ministry of Child and Family Development, BC Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, Interior Health, First Nations Health Authority, RCMP, School District #23, and the City of Kelowna.

Based on the review of existing data and the findings from the consultations, several community safety themes have been identified. This survey gives you an opportunity to provide feedback on what we have heard so far, validate or disagree with current themes, identify gaps, and provide recommendations.

Individual survey responses will remain confidential. Only aggregate data (i.e., total numbers) will be shared publicly. Completing the survey should take no more than ten minutes. No personal information is being collected as part of the survey. Read the City of Kelowna’s privacy policy for information on data management practices.

Email audrey@safercities.ca if you have difficulty completing the survey and require assistance.

Thank you for your participation!
 
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