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.