Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams
…a multi-faceted approach to reducing and preventing crime
The Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams have played an integral role in community policing and crime prevention in Edmonton for the past 8 years. Each N.E.Team is a partnership between a community capacity builder, a community police officer and a youth intervention worker.
The City of Edmonton, the Edmonton Police Service, and The Family Centre form a proud partnership delivering innovative solutions and a non-traditional response to common and recurrent community issues.
N.E.Teams are assigned to “at-risk” communities, as determined by escalating crime statistics. Community specific policing, community mobilization and crime prevention programming are implemented over a 2-4 year period guided by the following objectives:
- Reduce crime and fear of crime in areas suffering from community apathy, neighbourhood decay and diminished resource support
- Mobilize those who “live, work and play” in identified areas into taking action on community concerns by establishing resident driven/police supported crime prevention strategies
- Foster partnerships that integrate community resources; providing customized responses to root causes of crime and reducing the demand for traditional police intervention
Currently, there are 8 Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams throughout the city.
- 118th Avenue
- Bonnie Doon
- Callingwood South
- Central McDougall Violence Reduction Team
- McCauley Violence Reduction Team
N.E.T. ProgramsSome of the work that N.E.T. does with the community includes:
- Anti-bullying programming
- Auto safety campaigns
- Community beautification projects
- Community spirit events
- Crime councils/safety groups
- Graffiti removal/cleanup events
- Home and apartment safety
- Park watches/patrols
- Traffic safety initiatives
- Youth programming
For more information visit N.E.T. Programs, Edmonton Police Service.