You may have seen these faces walking or driving down the streets of Strathcona. These are a few of the wonderful people that make up Strathcona’s Community Safety Team, a job that is rarely ordinary but one that we are so lucky to have these friendly, helpful women fill.
The team helps out by providing a safe presence in the area and vital eyes on the street. A typical day includes starting with a vehicle patrol to conduct hot-spot checks, and reporting on activity, including debris or graffiti, and helping to report any vehicle and property crime. During the afternoon, when the two team member shifts overlap, you’ll find the team walking and visiting the different sub-districts of the Strathcona BIA area. They are actively identifying areas in need of additional Strathcona BIA, police, or city resources and work closely with the Strathcona BIA staff and Strathcona Community Policing Center to address areas of concern.
Another daily responsibility for the Community Safety Team is responding to SBIA member calls. The team is ready to respond quickly to your needs 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. Whether that be a needle pick-up request, or providing assistance in engaging with a community member in need, the team is ready to offer their support where needed. They work to establish relationships with people in the community as well as with peer-led and place-based service providers and agencies so that they can help connect people to the right resources.
The approachable and compassionate nature of this team is second to none, and we hope you enjoy getting to know them a little better!