FREDERICTON (GNB) – A new federally funded project, Equipping for Crime Prevention, is helping to implement a provincial strategy to prevent and reduce crime in New Brunswick.

"The provincial government is focused on crime prevention,” said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Robert Trevors. “We have the third-lowest crime rate in Canada, and we are working hard to keep those numbers low."

Equipping for Crime Prevention is a knowledge transfer project sponsored by the New Brunswick Department of Public Safety. It focuses on innovative and model crime prevention programs and the tools needed to implement them to reduce crime involving at-risk youth, Aboriginal communities and prolific offenders. It is receiving $299,204 over three years through the National Crime Prevention Strategy.

Through its Round Table on Crime and Public Safety, the department works closely with police, corrections, community groups, municipalities, researchers and the private sector to tackle the root causes of crime and victimization.

"Equipping for Crime Prevention is an important initiative for New Brunswick, and it will help us get closer to our goal of becoming a world leader in crime prevention and reduction," said Trevors.
The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada's National Crime Prevention Centre.