The City of North Battleford continues efforts to support Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
It organized a CPTED and SafeGrowth training session in January and again in March, coming on the heels of the City’s attendance at an international CPTED Conference in Calgary last October.
According to a City news release, January saw individuals from Red Deer, Lloydminster and Prince Albert as well as City staff learn the general principles of CPTED. Participants went to a location in the City during daytime and again after dark to assess the area and changes of the environment after sunset. The next day the group of 20 people split into teams of four to five participants, and each one had to pick a location that could be enhanced by applying CPTED.
The teams met again March 17 and 18 to present their projects. One of the initiatives to emerge was “Art Alley,” which is described in a news release as a “collaborative project between the City and Downtown North Battleford to engage local artists in transforming the walls of downtown into a vibrant and positive space.”
“We recognize the link between this training and the revitalization of the City,” says City Manager Jim Puffalt.
“CPTED is one of the initiatives that will help us to enhance the safety and vibrancy of North Battleford.”
Gregory Saville, founder and CEO of SafeGrowth and a workshop facilitator, said “crime is best tackled within the neighbourhood, meaning working with local folks at the local level.”
“The participants in this training are working on real crime safety issues where they are applying the CPTED methods and practices in a real life setting.”