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NCJ Number: 121780 Find in a Library
Title: Municipal Government Involvement in Crime Prevention in Canada
Journal: Canadian Journal of Criminology  Volume:32  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1990)  Pages:107-123
Author(s): R Hastings; R Melchers
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 17
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: A predominantly closed-ended questionnaire was mailed to the mayor of each of the 464 municipalities on the membership list of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to determine the nature of their involvement in crime prevention.
Abstract: The survey solicited information on the extent to which crime prevention is a priority for municipal governments, the types of crime prevention structures currently in place, and the types of crime prevention activities attempted. A response rate of 41 percent was achieved in the survey. The responses indicate that municipal governments have a high level of interest and involvement in crime prevention initiatives. The majority of such activities are initiated and organized by the police and focus primarily on opportunity reduction or public education. There are few broad-based, European-style crime prevention councils in Canada. Crime prevention through a social-development strategy is not part of policy and practice in Canada. Issues that should be addressed in research are whether crime prevention and crime prevention councils are effective and whether crime prevention councils constitute the best vehicle for advancing crime prevention through social development strategies in Canada. 3 references.
Main Term(s): Community crime prevention programs
Index Term(s): Canada; Local government
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