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Role of the Police (1997)

An examination of the present roles and functions of police in society, the origin of Canadian policing, public perceptions and expectations, the importance of community relations and police demography in Canada. The impact of multiculturalism and the future of policing in Canada are considered. Download

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Social Capital, Social Entrepreneurs and Safer Communities – Enabling Alberta’s Communities to Work Out Lasting Solutions (2008)

This paper examines recent developments in our understanding of social capital, social capital markets and social enterprises. It then applies these learnings to local community needs and resources and demonstrates ways in which social entrepreneurial strategies result in safer communities. Finally, future actions steps are described and the role of government, the not ‐ for…

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Victim Impact Statements (1997)

A discussion of the use of written or oral submissions from crime victims describing the impact the offence had on their lives. This paper examines the history of Victim Impact Statements in the United States, their introduction into Canadian sentencing hearings, the Alberta experience and the arguments of both opponents and proponents of including Victim…

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Offender Registry (2001)

Our response to existing and proposed forms of offender registry, which is a form of notification requiring offenders to register their name and other identifying information with police and to renew their registration regularly or when they move. Issues surrounding offender registry are discussed, including the effectiveness of offender registry and alternatives to offender registry.…

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Prostitution (1996)

A review of the literature on prostitution. The risk factors associated with entry into prostitution are identified and prevention is discussed. Social and legal responses to prostitution are explored and an attempt is made to identify the most effective responses to prostitution. (An update to this document was written in 2001.) Download

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Prostitution (2001)

A review of the literature on prostitution. The risk factors associated with entry into prostitution are identified and prevention is discussed. Social and legal responses to prostitution are explored and an attempt is made to identify the most effective responses to prostitution. (An update to a document written in 1996.) Download

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Fear of Crime (1998)

A literature review examining the extent to which people fear crime, the factors associated with increasing levels of fear, and the various ways in which the government and criminal justice organizations have attempted to reduce the public’s fear. (Updated in 1999.) Download

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Fear of Crime (1999)

A literature review examining the extent to which people fear crime, the factors associated with increasing levels of fear, and the various ways in which the government and criminal justice organizations have attempted to reduce the public’s fear. (An update from 1998.) Download

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Gangs (2001)

A review of media, law enforcement, government and academic perspectives on gangs. Existing individual, community and criminal justice system responses to gang activity are outlined. Possible reasons for the perceived increase in gang related activity are discussed, along with suggestions for social and community responses. Download

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