Police and communities working together
Did you know that every community in the city has a police officer who’s dedicated to helping resolve community safety and security issues? Since 1998, each of Calgary’s policing districts has designated several “community resource officers” who work with Calgarians every day to help keep this city safe.
How your community resource officers can help
Community resource officers, or CROs, are the Service’s ambassadors to businesses, residents and schools throughout the city. They focus on identifying and resolving issues of concern to everyone, such as vehicles speeding on certain streets, houses that may be a target for illegal activity, potential frauds aimed at businesses and parks that are being used as overnight gathering places.
One successful initiative is the Graffiti Awareness and Abatement Program, which involves the community, city bylaw services and police. It works to increase public awareness of graffiti and encourage Calgarians to record, report and remove graffiti.
The CROs provide a key point of contact for community policing initiatives and problem-solving. They monitor crime trends, traffic concerns and social issues within their zone. They also keep track of the crime issues that are of particular concern to residents.
How you can help
If you have a security or safety concern in your community, contact your local CRO. They’ll talk with you and other community members about solutions for crime that may already be happening and about proactive measures that you can take to prevent further crime.
The CROs can put you in touch with other city agencies, all of which can work together to come up with practical, effective solutions. They also offer community presentations to help residents, businesses, associations and schools learn more about issues such as Internet safety, drug use, house and vehicle security, and protecting yourself against identify theft.
Community involvement is an essential part of making our city the best it can be – your CROs can help, and so can you!
Contact your CRO
The new community resource officer in your area is Cst #4247 Steve Gallant. He works at the 2 District Office on 403-567-6200.