CMNCP engages in a number of activities to foster its community of practice among its members to prevent and reduce crime and foster community safety and well-being. These are designed to build capacity and mobilize Canadian municipalities and so increase investment in effective, evidence based and collaborative prevention strategies in municipalities.
The activities are focused on coordinating stronger actions and innovations in sectors such as schools, housing, social and youth services, health and preventive policing. This requires the mobilization of stakeholders in these sectors, greater public engagement and strategies based on collaboration, evidence, diagnosis of problems, planning and evaluation of results. It is dependent on leadership, adequate funding and active support from the established police and criminal justice sectors.
CMNCP organizes “exchange” visits from one municipality to another municipality. These exchanges enable a team from one municipality to benefit from the experience of another municipality. The visiting team includes a municipal leader such as the mayor or the a city councillor, a crime prevention and community safety coordinator and possibly other stakeholders.
The team spends a day in the other municipality, where the visiting team is briefed on the overall crime and prevention situation but also meets with key stakeholders to discuss strategies for planning and implementing prevention, ways to get greater investment in prevention, and other issues such as ways to measure success. The team visits both crime prevention programs that the host city believes are important as well as programs that the visiting team has identified of special interest.
After the first visit, the visiting team and the host are asked to evaluate the experience in terms of potential contributions to better crime prevention in their municipality. A second return visit is then organized.
CMNCP organizes”regional meetings and workshops” to enable stakeholders from CMNCP members and other municipalities in the region to meet to advance municipal crime prevention. The meetings enable stakeholders to share good practice, learn from the practical experiences of other municipalities and benefit from evidence based practices that have worked to prevent crime. The discussions include ways to foster practical support from different sectors providing services to citizens living in municipalities. They also include ways to foster greater financial investment within municipalities, from other orders of government and from the private sector.
The regional meetings are hosted by a CMNCP member, who is able to get more of their local stakeholders to benefit from the exchanges. Regional meetings reduce the costs of travel for the meetings from national meetings but also provide opportunities to focus on challenges and developments in the region, such as particular problems within their cities or exciting initiatives by provinces.
At the end of the meeting, participants are asked to evaluate the experience in terms of potential contributions to better crime prevention in their municipality.
CMNCP will be developing standards for knowledge and skills for persons who organize comprehensive community safety strategies in Canada. These will build on the practical experience of CMNCP members and the evidence base brought together by the crime prevention specialists at the University of Ottawa.
Based on these standards, CMNCP will develop modules for training persons to meet these standards. These modules will be tested by CMNCP. It is expected that they will be developed in partnership with community colleges, universities and others who may be interested in organizing the training programs on an on-going basis.