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					  Welcoming remarks
             by

  Dorothy Ahlgren Franklin

Community Safety Round Table
    February 22, 2006
          Ottawa




                               DAF 17.02.2006




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Good morning!

It is really good to see everyone here and to officially launch the Community
Safety Round Table.

I am Dorothy Franklin, and it is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and especially the Crime Prevention
Committee.

Chief Constable Ben Andersen and I co-chair the Committee, and we are
delighted that you have joined us and our colleagues for this Round Table.

We have been working towards today for some time.

This event was a vague notion about four years ago, when our Committee began
to talk with other associations, in a deliberate and visible way, around
sustainable, community-based crime prevention.

We were meeting with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Community
Safety and Crime Prevention Committee.

Chief MacLeod, who was then Chair of the Committee, was having a lively
discussion with Patricia Wallace, a free-speaking city councillor from Kamloops.

We all got into it. We talked about increasing knowledge, among police,
politicians and the public, about how social development contributes to personal,
family and community safety.

We acknowledged that we share a goal—safer and healthier communities—and
that others also share this goal. But we aren’t necessarily talking to each other
and therefore we aren’t necessarily learning from each other.

Sometimes our own agendas stand in the way of finding common ground.

This means that we each speak up, in our own voices. We are missing
opportunities to let our communities, our constituencies, and our decision-makers
at all levels know what will make our citizens safer.

We are missing an opportunity to support others who have the same goal.
Together, we believe, our voices will have more influence on the shape of our
social infrastructure.

This led to the idea of a “coalition”, as a means of joining forces with like-minded
associations and organizations.




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A year or so later, this vague notion became a somewhat less vague plan, as we
fleshed out what this event might look like.

We spoke with the federal-provincial-territorial officials responsible for the crime
prevention portfolios within their jurisdictions.

Their interest and their encouragement confirmed that we had support, and we
are very pleased that the FPT Working Group on Crime Prevention and
Community Safety is represented here, in Jill Lightwood and Chantal Marion.

Last March our idea of coalition building became a firm commitment. We really
moved into action mode.

Peter Cuthbert, Executive Director of the CACP signed on the dotted line for the
funding from the National Crime Prevention Centre. Officials from the Centre
helped us receive funding for a two-year project, with two main deliverables. The
Round Table is the first.

I want to thank NCPC staff for their assistance—Dana Donovan as we put the
proposal together, Chantal Marion and Sarah Nicolaiff in the implementation
stages, and Executive Director Lisanne Lacroix for her interest in our work.

We were able to entice Sandra Wright to come aboard as Project Manager. She
has kept us on track, on budget and action-oriented. She also adds her dry
humour to the mix, and makes me laugh. I want to express my deep personal
thanks to her for accepting this challenge.

This past summer and throughout the fall the Round Table became the focus of
work for the energetic members of the Advisory Committee. These people have
very generously contributed their knowledge, time, creativity, and advice.

I thank them most sincerely—

       •      the Canadian Association of Police Boards and Wendy Fedec,
       •      the Canadian Professional Police Association’s Dale Kinnear,
       •      the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Lindsay Hopkins,
       •      the Canadian Council on Social Development’s Dr. Peter Bleyer,
       •      the National Children’s Alliance and Dianne Bascombe,
       •      Family Service Canada’s Janet Sutherland,
       •      the Canadian Teachers’ Federation and Noreen O’Haire, and
       •      the Canadian Public Health Association’s Perpetua Quigley.

There have been some changes to the Advisory Committee since its work began.
The CAPB is now represented by Jennifer Lanzon, the FCM by John Burrett, and
the CPHA by Randi Goddard. Welcome!



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In the autumn we were very pleased that Lise Pigeon agreed to work with us on
this initiative. She has helped by preparing the ground with the Crime Prevention
Committee, and for the next two days, we shall be in her hands as she facilitates
the Round Table.

So the Community Safety Round Table is a reality.

This may not seem a big thing.

But our Committee has stayed the course on this through changes in
membership and changes in leadership and we are even more enthusiastic
about this initiative.

For the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police it represents a significant
milestone in our work in building a coalition around the objective of community
safety, health and well-being.

Our President, Chief Jack Ewatski of the Winnipeg Police Service, has been a
strong proponent of this work.

He has highlighted the coalition-building effort as one of the key initiatives of the
CACP during his two-year mandate. It represents the CACP reaching out to
others, so that the thinking of police leaders is informed by the knowledge and
expertise of others.

Jack, thank you for your commitment to this initiative, and especially for making
the time to spend with us today and tomorrow.

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We realized, at the first meeting of the Advisory Committee, that many of our
partners were already partners amongst themselves. They represent formal
coalitions and networks.

Many of you know each other through your associations, and you may have
collaborated on joint initiatives aimed at improving the social conditions of
Canadians.

For you, the CACP is the new kid on the block.

We’ve put on a pot of coffee, to quote one of my colleagues, and are delighted
that you have accepted our invitation.

We have invited four speakers, to provoke our thinking and to identify the high-
level ingredients of success that have emerged from their own work at the
community level.



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But this isn’t about this successful program or that successful program.

It is about what is required to sustain social development initiatives at the
community level.

In the coming two days, we invite you to contribute what you know about the
topic and the ways and means of achieving our shared goal. We appreciate that
you, too, are willing to spend only so much time talking, and that your passion is
moving good intentions into good action.

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So, now that we are here, what are we here for?

Two things.

First, we want to leave here tomorrow with four to five key messages that we all
agree upon. These messages will encapsulate our thinking about the ingredients
of community safety, health and well-being. They may be expressed as
principles—that is up to us.

We are looking for messages that are clear, direct and simple.

These messages will convey our shared knowledge and expertise. Because
they are shared, we will each be able to take them to our own membership and
our own networks with the added perspectives of new partners.

From the policing perspective, for example, we anticipate using your knowledge
to inform our own messages around crime, crime prevention, and personal and
community safety.

The police see what goes wrong in society. And they often see what goes right.
What are the ingredients that make the difference?

For example, and this is only hypothetical, we may wish to make a statement
about the importance of investment in recreational facilities for youth as a means
of enhancing their health, well-being and pro-social development.

We may wish to make a statement about tangible ways to support families,
particularly those headed by single parents or newcomers to our communities.

We may wish to address how to include those who are marginalized, by poverty,
race, language, illness or other barriers.




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Amongst us, we have significant expertise to share about the importance of a
supportive network as an instrument of social integration.

We are going to have to really focus, in the time we have, so that we do not get
distracted into the wonderfully rich terrain of our individual work.

But we want to come out of here with these statements that we can use, if we
wish, to craft into messages for decision-makers who are establishing policy
priorities, implementing or eliminating programs and allocating budgets at local,
provincial and national levels.

We want to identify the ingredients of success—and failure—with a focus on how
to enhance the success factors.

This takes us to our second objective of the Round Table.

We hope to have time to turn our minds to what comes next.

The funding for this initiative spans two years, and ends in March 2007.

When we embarked on this coalition-building effort, I have to confess that we did
not contemplate where it might lead us.

To be honest, we underestimated the keen interest of other associations. We
had no idea they would be so passionate about this work.

We had our eyes fixed on a shorter horizon. Many of you, and particularly the
Advisory Committee, have encouraged taking a longer and more ambitious view.

It has been very humbling.

And it’s exciting to think of the potential, if we bring our voices together and keep
that harmony going.

So, let’s talk about this.

It is a new day, a new landscape.

What will we want to do with the outcome of our two days’ work?

Where might it take us?

This is a question for Thursday, so let’s start with today.




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