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The City, EPS, The Family Centre and United Way of Alberta capital region are delivering innovative solutions to common & recurrent community issues.

NET - This Is Who We Are

Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET) works with residents, community, businesses and organizations to build solutions to create safe and vibrant neighbourhoods and communities. 

NET responds to and resolves repeated or significant incidents that may impact the security and safety of Edmontonians across the city. 

NET achieves this by working with community to address the factors that contribute to the issue, along with reducing the fear of crime and social disorder by using problem solving approaches.  

NET is a partnership between the City of Edmonton, Edmonton Police Service, The Family Centre and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

Mission

The main focus of NET’s work is to identify recurring situations which affect the perceptions or realities of a community’s safety and which would benefit from proactive and preventative interventions.

The goal is to then identify and implement innovative strategies and work with community to address factors which are contributing to the situation, ultimately working toward a resolution of the incidents which are creating or contributing to the issue.

NET Division Interactive Map

History

The origins of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team (NET) date back over 20 years.

Dickensfield Community Partnership in Northeast Edmonton, identified an opportunity to reduce crime and strengthen prevention by working in partnership with Edmonton Police Service (EPS). This observation fed the now apparent notion that the Dickensfield community would be better served if community agencies and EPS worked together and inspired the formation of NET.

What started as informal meetings and EPS ride-alongs in an effort to better align services soon turned into a mindset for community safety and community policing in Edmonton. A conviction that community safety is best achieved through partnerships.

NET has seen a lot of changes over the past 20 years, from a single two-person team back in 1997 to six teams today.

Where Are We Now?

NET is still comprised of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), The City of Edmonton, The Family Centre and the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.

However, going forward NET will address concerns based on recurring issues or situations that are identified. NET will now expand their current geographical area of responsibility from neighbourhood to EPS Divisions. Each EPS Division will be connected to liaisons from both the City of Edmonton and The Family Centre.

The liaisons will be tasked with active engagement and community outreach with a lens for potential issues. Once identified, partner organizations (the former NET management team) will consider the issue and arrange and mobilize resources relevant. The supports required from EPS will be determined and engaged based on the needs presented in each situation.

This approach will allow for multiple collaborative response teams to be engaged city-wide. Staff aligned with the partnership will no longer be tied to exclusive geography - positioning the approach to be applied where it is needed, when it is needed and then redeployed when the need subsides.

Coffee With A Cop - Virtual Events

There’s a big difference between meeting a police officer during a traffic stop and sitting with a police officer over a cup of coffee in a comfortable environment. Our Coffee with a Cop events provide community members the opportunity to talk directly with their local police members and our EPS crime prevention partners on Community Safety issues. Check out the  Events Tab on the EPS Crime Prevention Facebook page for dates, times and locations.

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For More Information

Jenna Pilot

Title Supervisor, Community Safety
Telephone

780-442-6360

Email jenna.pilot@edmonton.ca

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