Ward 6 Community Resources Officer
I would like to introduce you to another valuable member of our team, Constable Wayne Chandler, who is a Police Officer with The Calgary Police Service. Constable Chandler took over the position of Community Resource Officer (formerly known as Community Liaison Officer), working closely with myself and the Ward 6 team to resolve community issues. He will occasionally provide us with updates and/or information from a policing perspective.
Following are Constable Chandler’s suggestions:
Keep it locked: In Calgary during 2013 there were 2360 reported break and enters. Of those, 48.5% entry was gained through an unlocked door and 24.1% entry was gained through an unlocked window. A further 7.3% was with the use of a garage remote and 9.7% using a key. This trend of criminals targeting unsecured premises is not limited to houses; of all the property thefts from vehicles, the majority of these are unlocked vehicles. The message is a simple one, ‘keep it locked’.
- Ensure vehicles are locked when parked on the driveway or in the garage.
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle.
- Although garage remote openers are designed to sit on the car’s sun visor, I suggest keeping your remote in your purse or bag versus leaving it in the vehicle.
- Lock the interior main door to your garage.
- Remove significantly valuable items from your garage, or ensure that they are locked away and bicycles are chained to a fixed point.
- Review exterior lighting. Criminals committing property crime do not like to be seen.
To receive crime alert messaging, please refer to The Hub messaging system. The Hub messaging system is available to community members who work or live in Calgary or within the Calgary local calling area. Deliverable via Phone, Text and Email, it distributes a variety of messages - including neighborhood crime alerts, relevant emergency incidents information, amber alerts and missing person alerts.
Please do not hesitate to contact Constable Chandler to discuss any police related community matter. He can be reached at 403-567-6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parks Foundation – Greenway Project
You may have noticed construction in the green belt on the west side of Sarcee Trail between Bow Trail and Battalion Park over the past few months. This pathway is part of the Rotary/Mattamy Greenway project being led by Parks Foundation Calgary (www.parksfdn.com). When complete, the Greenway will be a 138km network of pathway and specialty parks connecting to, 55 communities and 400,000 Calgarians encircling the city.
Parks Foundation Calgary, a non-profit organization with 29 years of experience developing parks, playgrounds, and amateur sports in the City, is constructing the Greenway in multiple sections across the City. The $65 million project has been made possible by the support of individuals, corporations, developers, service clubs. The portion along Sarcee will be the first section complete in the third and final phase of the project, with anticipated completion in the spring of 2015.
Richmond Road Corridor Pilot Program
Richmond Road was chosen as a pilot program for the Corridor Program which will focus on:
• How can new development complement / enhance this corridor?
• How can investment and promotion continue to improve the corridor over time?
• What makes or can make this corridor successful?
The Corridor Program will employ a Neighbourhood Charter as a tool for community members to pinpoint the issues, opportunities and outcomes they would like to see. This charter would involve a couple of meetings with the community; planners will gather feedback on communication, public participation and content that The City will consider for the official project launch in the fall. Please visit www.calgary.ca/corridors for more information.
West LRT Public Art
The Public Art Program has initiated the process to commission public art for installation along the West LRT transit line. The aim of the public art process is to install art along the West LRT that will heighten the pedestrian and rider experience along the corridor, engage walkers and riders at various points, making the experience of being in and moving through the corridor a stimulating and interesting one.
The West LRT Public Art Program will incorporate citizen engagement throughout the course of the public art process. An engagement plan has been developed to guide the planning and execution of a variety of opportunities for interested community members, stakeholders and citizens at large. For more information please visit Calgary.ca/publicart.
Calgary Transit’s Safety
Council has been working with Transit Public Safety Audit and are taking measures to address alcohol consumption on the CTrain. Calgary Transit is aware of the recent incidents related to alcohol consumption, public intoxication, and social disorder occurring on the CTrain. It should be noted that between 2012 and 2013 there was not a significant increase in incidents reported. Calgary Transit saw the highest rate of incidents during 2011 and since then levels have been declining or staying the same. The goal of Peace Officer deployment on Calgary Transit will be to intercept those individuals who may be contributing to perceptions of disorders on the CTrain before the train leave for the free fare zone on 7 Avenue. This will help mitigate the visibility of the problem in LRT adjacent communities outside the downtown core.
Calgary Public Library’s new Hoopla Service
Your Calgary Public Library card will now be able to digital media on your mobile devices and stream content through web browsers with its new Hoopla service. With this serve you will be able to access 124,000 music albums, 8,000 videos, and 10,400 audio books.
To get started: 1) Get a public Library card 2) Got to the Calgary Public Library website and click “Getting Started on Hoopla” at http://calgarypubliclibrary.com/books-more/featured-digital-content/hoopla.
Each cardholder can borrow 12 titles a month. Loan period’s vary: movies/TV are available for 3 days, music albums are available for 7 days, audio books are available for 21 days. Titles will expire automatically; no fines and no need to return items.
This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.