Group - Crime Prevention Awards 2016
98.1, the Tide has been supporting the Charlotte County Crime Stoppers for many years; they do so by notifying the public of current crimes through news releases and community flyers. It is through their many efforts that Crime Stoppers has become as successful in solving potentially unsolved crimes as they have been. The Charlotte County Crime Stoppers thanks 98.1 the Tide for their quick assistance in announcements, live statements, Facebook postings, as well as other methods, and looks forward to maintaining this vital partnership over the years to come.
Established in 2015 as a response to child and youth abuse; the goal of 360 Stand is to eliminate this problem by providing education on current crime prevention and awareness strategies to everyone who renders services, support, and supervision to children and youth in their community. They have spoken to well over 1200 people during roughly 75 workshops in greater Saint John. Recently they began reaching out to First Nations communities around the province, with hopes of becoming spread from coast to coast of the province. Their remarkable work is helping these New Brunswick organisations to render the most effective and applicable services possible to children and youth.
This initiative is aimed at at-risk, high school aged, males, in the inner city area of Moncton called Parkton. All Star Coaches Wilderness Adventure participants from either Harrison Tremble High School or the Moncton Alternative Education Center volunteer to take part in a 4 day, 3 night camping trip at Fundy Park. The program promotes change in adolescents through the experiential learning of positive values and building of developmental assets. The beauty of this program is that it does not belong to a single organization but it depends on the involvement of multiple partners; furthermore it is heavily reliant of the commitment and dedication of Kai, Richard, Aaron, and Corey.
In 2011, 2 years after he lost his mother and his son sustained multiple injuries due to the actions of an impaired driver, Scott joined MADD Canada Greater Fredericton Area as a Director at Large, and by 2013 had become president to the Fredericton Chapter. During his time with MADD he has actively contributed an outstanding amount of time, energy, support, and resources to the prevention of impaired driving in Fredericton and surrounding areas. His passion and limitless energy towards this cause are commendable. As Director at Large, President, and now Past President, he has personally invested thousands of hours stopping this preventable crime. Furthermore, the increased involvement of the Fredericton City Police Force with the MADD Fredericton Chapter can be accredited to Mr. Scott Kennie as well; they now have a member of the transit division in attendance at about 95% of the Chapters monthly board meetings. It is also through his work that the memorial bench, honoring those impacted by impaired driving, was recently placed in front of the Fredericton police department. Without the work of Scott, this mutually beneficial partnership would not exist.
Elder Harry Laport and his staff operate the Kikewey Wig, Maliseet for Healing House, in Lake George. This 6 bed facility offers accommodation, support, and guidance for Aboriginal offenders being supervised by Correctional Services Canada who would like to follow the Red Path tradition in their journey of societal reintegration. They have just recently celebrated their 2 years of existence and have had tremendous success with clients who have been chosen for this release option. The high success rates of Kikewey Wig demonstrates the pivotal role they play in Public Safety and explains why other regions across Canada are looking to them in their development of similar models.
The Saint John police force recognized that with the arrival of many new comers there would be barriers faced by both the families and the organizations helping with the re-settlement. Cst. Jocelyn McIntyre was appointed as the liaison officer to Syrian families and other supporting agencies for the Crescent Valley Neighbourhood. She began to fully immerse herself into the community and discover what it was that was truly needed. Jocelyn has since provided presentations – through a translator—to newcomer families on a variety of topics, such as policing in Canada, emergency services, the motor vehicle act, and the criminal code. She quickly became aware the need for knowledge on bicycle safety for both the Syrian children and their families and held a “Bike Rodeo” with the assistance of an interpreter for all children in the neighbourhood, not solely the newcomers. To reinforce the importance of wearing a helmet, she had signs made with the universal sign for cyclist in English, French, and Arabic and had them displayed throughout the Crescent Valley Neighbourhood. It took a dedicated, persistent, and caring individual to take on these tasks and her efforts deserve to be commemorated.
In partnership with Saint John School District Officials Cst. Macrae developed a presentation for school administrative staff on how to properly respond when a bomb threat via phone or email is received. This work was carried out in response to the recent increase in unfounded bomb threats in the Saint John area and aimed to provide administrative school workers with the skills and knowledge required to respond in the best way possible. Cst. Macrae also developed a handbook with proper steps to follow after receiving one of these potential threats via phone or email. This work is vital in maintaining a sense of calm in potentially high stress situations as well as being prepared for the reporting process.
As the area manager of Addictions and Mental Health in Sussex, Greg Zed is responsible for managing Forensics Services – all aspects of mental health and the law in the Saint John area. Greg’s current high priorities are the Mental Health Court and Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), which is an innovative first-responder model of police-based crisis intervention with community, health care, consumer, and advocacy partnerships. This Program provides law enforcement-based crisis intervention training for assisting those individuals with a mental illness, and improves the safety of patrol officers, consumers, family members, and citizens within the community.
Mr. Zed has presented at numerous National and International Conferences for over 30 years. Greg also has or does volunteer work with various organizations in the Greater Saint John area over and above his day to day responsibilities. We are pleased that Greg was able to join us today as he has taken time away from a National Round Table on Suicide Prevention being held in Moncton.
Hall of Fame Awards
Joanne Boucher is the Provincial Court, Domestic Violence Court Coordinator,
Joanne has worked tirelessly and effectively on the design and implementation of crime reduction policies at a level far beyond the call of duty associated with her office. The domestic violence court-coordination model Joanne Boucher helped to design and implement, and currently supervises and maintains, is considered to be one of the most innovative court coordination successes throughout the whole of Canada.
Her national presentation to the Interprovincial forum on judicial treatment of domestic violence titled “Provincial Court – Domestic Violence Moncton, New Brunswick” in Montréal, Québec in May of 2015 summarizes the nature and importance of her role. Joanne's coordination and community work in the Moncton region laid the foundations for a best practices report designed to extend the knowledge and experience of the specialized court in Moncton to Provincial Courts throughout the Province. Joanne serves regularly on Province of New Brunswick policy committees, and in her role as court coordinator, she took the initiative to make significant improvements to the flow of information about proceedings and orders when domestic violence cases are involved in more than one legal system. She also took steps to improve the flow of information about risk and danger across court systems. She is currently one of the central members of a forthcoming research project to study, design, and pilot a new fully coordinated cross-court-and-service-sector delivery model.
As coordinator of the domestic violence criminal court model in Moncton, Joanne oversees policies and practices to ensure victim and child safety, to promote offender accountability, to coordinate and accelerate court processes and to enhance timely access to court-related services for victims and offenders thereby promoting family health and safety. She is responsible for overseeing and revising the operational procedures of the court and singlehandedly coordinates the flow of information among professionals and services associated with the court.
Joanne Boucher's work has been and continues to be central and critical to the success and smooth operation of Provincial Court, Domestic violence cases in Moncton. Joanne is continuously engaged in educating new judges, police officers and service providers on domestic violence matters and associated court policies and practices. She also continuously updates and revises court-and-community-service protocols and policies. It is largely as a result of Joanne Boucher's work that New Brunswick has one of the most respected criminal-domestic-violence court models in the whole of Canada. Joanne was nominated by her peers Hon. Anne Dugas-Horsman, Provincial Court Judge and Dr.Linda C. Neilson Professor Emeritus, UNB.
Reverend Pirie has worked with Harvest House in Moncton for nearly ten years. His work with this organization and the Men’s Addiction Recovery Program in specific has resulted in a significant positive impact for the community. Randy is known for going above and beyond the constraints of his job description as Program Manager to help men overcome the powerful consequences of substance abuse and repair damaged relationships within their lives. In the position of Program Manager, Randy spends a great deal of time communicating with court officials the benefits of rehabilitation programs for men who’s contact with the justice system stems from addiction. Furthermore, Reverend Pirie also continues to serve as the community chaplain.
His continued success in providing leadership, mentorship, and counselling to those in need is likely a result of his one-on-one approach as well as his ability to believe in program participants and provide them with a second chance. When reluctant convicts are offered the chance to go to Harvest House by a judge, they are sometimes reluctant; Randy provides support that often times results in them agreeing to the court’s terms. It is likely that their lives have been destructed by their addictions, leaving them with no support from family or former friends. The Men’s Addiction Recovery Program can offer them hope through its caring, supportive community which often times leads to their commitment at a second chance and rebuilding damaged relationships. Addiction is a destructive force and because of Randy passion to help others, he is often successful in providing these men with the tools required to move forward and live a gainful life. It is due to these many successes that Reverend Randall “Randy” Pirie hopes to soon open a similar program for females.
Business Excellence Award
The Insurance Bureau of Canada (ICP) has played an important role for New Brunswick’s enforcement community over the last year in terms of crime prevention and reduction by way of their initiatives and investigative support towards the rapidly expanding problem of cargo theft in our province. Cargo theft has become a lucrative, sophisticated type of crime in which highly organized networks of criminals commit theft and proceed to distribute the stolen goods amongst their network for quick sale in the underground economy.
Prior to the 2015 partnership between ICP, RCMP, and the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) to bring a national cargo theft reporting program to the Atlantic Provinces reporting was sporadic at best, making the identification and recovery of stolen property, and the prosecution of offenders impossible. It is because of their efforts to urge citizens to report such crimes and their initiatives such as confidential tip lines and online reporting systems that this partnership was able to develop and maintain statistics on cargo theft, identify trends and the organized groups involved, and use this knowledge to assist authorities in identifying victims when stolen goods were recovered.