Your feedback needed on street gangs in Waterloo Region by July 31

Last month, I mentioned a survey being conducted related to a project by Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council (WRCPC) and its partners to prevent vulnerable youth from becoming involved in gangs. An important part of the project is to learn about your perceptions and experiences with street gangs in Waterloo Region. I asked you to participate in an online survey that is part of establishing the project. A final call for survey participants has been issued to hear from as many voices with as broad of range of experience and knowledge as possible by July 31Please take time to share your thoughts and share this request as widely as possible across Waterloo Region. All responses are confidential.

What follows is a news release exactly as it was issued by the WRCPC:

Community feedback wanted in survey about street gangs in Waterloo Region

Waterloo Region – The Waterloo Region Street Gang Prevention Project invites members of the community to participate in a brief online survey as part of the Community Assessment phase of the 3-year project.  The Street Gang Prevention Project will offer positive alternatives and choices for youth – both those at-risk of entering gangs and those looking to exit gangs – and this assessment phase is critical in determining priority areas for the project.

Waterloo Region is one of the safest communities in Canada. By completing the survey individuals can help increase the understanding of community perceptions and experiences of street gang activity in Waterloo Region.

“By asking the community for their opinion, we will begin to engage them not only in the project, but also in a dialogue about the topic of street gang prevention. We believe it is important to listen to the thoughts and ideas of what the community feels about this issue.” said Rohan Thompson, Project Manager, “The public may be able to alert us to local neighbourhood issues that we are not privy too.  With a large number of people surveyed, we may also see threads or themes that we may not have anticipated.”

The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will remain anonymous.  Simply visit and click on the “Take Our Survey” button.   People without web access can also participate by calling the Crime Prevention Council at 519-883-2304.   The survey will be available until July 31, 2010.

About the Waterloo Region Street Gang Prevention Project

The 45-month project was launched in Waterloo Region last October following a $3.4 million funding announcement by the National Crime Prevention Strategy. This collaborative Street Gang Prevention Project involves several community partners including the Crime Prevention Council, Waterloo Regional Police Service, ROOF, John Howard Society, Lutherwood, and St. Mary’s Counselling.

About the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council works collaboratively to reduce and prevent crime, victimization and fear of crime. It is an advisory committee to the Region of Waterloo and consists of 40 members representing the community-at -large, social services, education, health, planning, justice, police, and community agencies among others.

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For more information, please contact:

Tracy Jasmins, Marketing & Communications, Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council

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