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Reallocation of Funding

Reallocation of Funding

In 2020, in our commitment to anti-racism, equity and inclusion, CPS confirmed that we would allocate funds to improve call response with the goal of better outcomes for citizens in crisis. 

This was done through a financial reallocation of $8 Million in 2021.

This funding aligns with the Community Safety Investment Framework, which guides investment in outcomes for Calgarians experiencing crisis, with the long-term goal to improve the wellbeing of Calgarians through an equitable and effective crisis response system. 

CPS developed four focus areas to meet our commitment to reallocate funding:

  1. Undertake transformational culture change to address systemic racism, discrimination, and marginalization.
  2. Advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  3. Reduce demand for patrol officers and improve call response with the goal of better outcomes for citizens in crisis.
  4. Enhance service delivery through partnerships.

We agree with the community that better models of systems integration involving health, social services, justice, and policing could produce better outcomes and reduce demand on police. Fair and equitable service for all Calgarians must be provided, including to those that are experiencing a crisis. 

To date, $5.2 Million has been committed. CPS funds will go towards 26 projects.

External funding recipients include:

  • Alberta Health Services
    • PACT – the Police and Crisis Team 
    • MRT – Mobile Response Team
  • YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre
  • United Way/SORCe
  • ALERT
  • Calgary Police Youth Foundation
  • Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre
  • Calgary Youth Justice Society
  • Alpha House: DOAP PAL - Downtown Outreach Addictions Partnership/Partner Agency Liaison (a partnership between Alpha House and Calgary Community Standards)
  • Distress Centre
  • Kerby Centre

Funding also includes CPS initiatives to undertake transformational culture change to address systemic racism, discrimination and marginalization and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.

These projects are in direct response to the themes we heard through The City of Calgary’s public hearings and our own discussions with Diversity Advisory Boards, meetings with the community and CPS members:

  • Role of police
  • Protect the public fairly and equitably 
  • Increase workforce diversity and inclusion
  • Improve community engagement

A full list of the projects can be found here.

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