A local crime prevention initiative has been recognized by the province for its partnership efforts in stopping crime and connecting communities.
The Barrhead and Area Regional Crime Coalition (BARCC) has received a 2020 Alberta Community Justice Award.
The Alberta Community Justice Award celebrates Albertans and organizations who have found ways to prevent crime and promote restorative justice in their cities, towns and neighbourhoods.
BARCC is a regional partnership between the County of Barrhead, Town of Barrhead, Woodlands County, the Barrhead and District Rural Crime Watch and the Barrhead RCMP Detachment. It takes an active approach to crime prevention through coordinated efforts in education, awareness, and reporting of suspicious activities.
The BARCC Connect app was launched in 2018 and is an automated system that alerts those signed onto the app in real-time about criminal activity, emergency situations, fire bans, road closures, and service interruptions.
The 29th annual Alberta Community Justice Awards were presented virtually on November 19th in four categories: leadership, innovation, community mobilization, and partnerships and collaboration. A total of four individuals and three organizations received awards this year.
“I am honoured to acknowledge the good work of these outstanding individuals who have improved the lives of others and, in turn, made our province an even better place to live and work,” said Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.
“I offer my sincere congratulations to this year’s award recipients for their remarkable leadership, collaboration and dedication to community justice.”
In 2019, BARCC received an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Minister’s Awards for Municipal Excellence.