HRM Public Safety

UPDATE: HRM Roundtable on Violence and Public Safety 2013 Review

Public safety is a priority for the newly elected Mayor and Council in Halifax Regional Municipality. While the key premises of the original roundtable remain relevant, the terrain of violence in HRM continues to change with time.  It is important that Mayor and Council, and citizens, understand the current landscape and necessary actions toward increased public safety in HRM today. Continuing to strengthen and create partnerships with others who are engaged in or mandated to deliver services which are addressing root causes of crime remains both a clear desire of Council and a smart investment by the municipality.

Through ongoing discussions with Chief Blais of Halifax Regional Police, Council colleagues, the past and current public safety officers, and other partners in the community, it became clear that a review of the original report would be valuable.

Specifically, Dr. Clairmont has been asked to deliver a report including:

  • analysis of local and national data on violence and public safety
  • an environmental scan on violence and public safety nationally
  • a review the work done since 2008 with observations about progress and areas that still need attention
  • Particular attention will be paid to the core recommendations and their relevance today
  • identification of any new issues that need attention
  • outcomes of informal focus groups with people previously consulted to understand where they feel progress has been made or where they see obstacles remaining
  • suggestions on how to proceed including identification of possible strategies and associated partnerships that might improve current landscape

The report resulting from this review will be used by Council as the basis of consultation and decisions on further action to address violence and enhance public safety in our community.

Dr. Clairmont is collaborating with 7 other researchers, each covering a particular dimension of crime and public safety in HRM.

  • VIOLENCE, GUNS AND THE DRUG TRADE MILIEU – Don Clairmont
  • DIFFERENTIAL VULNERABILITY BY SES, RACE/ETHNICITY AND NEIGHBOURHOOD – Don Clairmont (with Charlene Gagnon and Adrienne MacDonald)
  • THE DOWNTOWN – Chris Murphy
  • HRM ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES – Kit Waters
  • SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF VIOLENCE AND PUBLIC SAFETY – Stephen Kimber
  • THE HOUSING DIMENSION – Don Spicer (with Charlene Gagnon)
  • YOUTH GANGS AND YOUTH VIOLENCE – Stephen Schnieder
  • OFFENDER REINTEGRATION – John Peach (with Adrienne MacDonald)
  • GENDERED VIOLENCE – Verona Singer (with Charlene Gagnon)

Each researcher will be producing their own independent report, which Dr. Clairmont will consider in his analysis and which will all be appended to the main report.

As of July 18, 2013, most basic data collection has concluded, and all researchers are entering into the aggregation and analysis phase of their projects.

We look forward to the completion of this important review in September 2013!

You can find the original 2008 report linked below.

Mayor’s Roundtable on Violence and Public Safety

Policing the Uptown: Inner-City Community Policing Challenges and the  Halifax ‘Race Riot’ of 1991 [1992]