12 Community Safety Initiative - 12CSI

#212, 4202 - 17 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta T2A 0S8



12 Community Safety Initiative (12CSI) is a local crime prevention collaborative that will foster community action on the issue of crime prevention




The Twelve Communities (District 4 of Calgary Police Services) are vibrant, inclusive and free of crime.


12CSI is a local crime prevention collaborative that will foster community action on the issue of crime prevention by providing support, facilitation and advocacy, thereby creating safer neighbourhoods for all who live, work and volunteer in the Twelve Communities.


12CSI, through the Planning Council, it’s Action Committees or it’s Task Teams, believes …

•Community members have the right to feel safe in their community,

•Every member of our diverse community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect

•A community working together is essential for crime prevention.


12CSI will aim for …

•An enhanced feeling of community pride and a greater involvement of residents,

•More involvement by children and youth which will lead to a reduction in youth crime,

•A greater understanding of our diverse community and a greater involvement from our diverse community to help eliminate hate crimes and build inclusion and

•A sustainable and effective organization,

•To raise community expectation and standards of the resident in the 12 communities.


12CSI will use …

1.Community Education, to increase the knowledge and awareness of services, programs and resources to local individuals and groups.

2.Community Engagement, to increase the involvement of people in the local crime prevention programs and strategies.

3. Community Energy, to harness the local resources to improve cooperation, coordination and collaboration.

4. Community Evaluation, to keep the focus on the issue of crime prevention and ensure its longevity.


12CSI will eventually show a …

1. Decrease in Social Disorder.

2. Improvement in Community Image.

3. Increase in Community Engagement or Involvement.


The initial seeds for this crime prevention collaborative were planted in 1996 through two City initiatives. One was the Ward 10 Task Force initiated by then Alderman Ray Clark and the other was the Forest Lawn Area Redevelopment Plan, which included social issues for the first time. Safety emerged as one of the issues of concern to the community.

This issue slowly emerged as a priority through the “Our Communities, Our Voices” community consultations which, starting in 1998, were held every two years. These were organized by a local group called the Sunrise Community Partnership of Resources.

In the 2004 consultation, safety and security became one of the top three issues. A goal was developed: Promote a safe community through the work of police, fire and bylaws in partnership with residents.

Then, in 2006, a major consultation was undertaken which resulted in the “Safe Streets, Safe City” report which was funded by the City of Calgary through Animal & Bylaw Services and spearheaded by the International Avenue BRZ. A draft was circulated in January 2007 with the final report published in June 2007. This report identified many potential strategies and one of the recommendations was to form a Safety Council.

During their consultation process, there were several “pockets of problems” that led to some urgency in forming a group that was focused on crime prevention. The International Avenue BRZ took a leadership role in calling the first meeting in October 2006. Calgary Police Commission, City Services (Community and Neighbourhood Services, Animal & Bylaw Services), Calgary Community Block Watch Council and a consultant attended and agreed to continue to participate.

Over the next three meetings, others came on board and on May 11, 2007 a formal committee group was formed with Co-Chair, (1CPC, 1 Community Resident). With the final report ready, plans were initiated for the future.

Strategic planning sessions were held in October, November, December 2007 and January 2008. The group expanded with it inclusive attitude and became known as the Greater Forest Lawn Crime Prevention Collaborative. Six communities were formed. A grant was received from City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services to set up an office and hire a part-time Coordinator. This collaborative started “moving”.

The first annual planning and orientation session was held ion October 2008 and a final name was chosen – 12 Community Safety Initiative (12CSI). The committees began filling up.

The office was established in December 2008 at #205, 4015 – 17 Avenue SE with thanks to the International Avenue BRZ, which agreed to share their space. Another group – the International Avenue Arts & Culture Centre is also part of this space.

A part-time Coordinator was finally hired (after three attempts) in January 2009. A major grant application for three years of funding submitted to the Province, was unsuccessful but a major learning experience.

The office is well established and has received another grant from Animal & Bylaws to keep it going until March 1, 2010. Calgary Community Block Watch Council helps by being the fiscal agent.

The membership is still growing and all who are interested are welcome. See…

This is truly a collaborative effort.

Communities: Abbeydale, Applewood, Albert Park/Raddison Heights, Cross Roads, Dover, Erinwoods, Forest Heights, Forest Lawn, Calgary Marlborough, Marlborough Park, Penbrooke Meadows, Southview



12CSI is a local crime prevention collaborative that will foster community action on the issue of crime prevention by providing support, facilitation and advocacy, thereby creating safer neighbourhoods for all who live, work and volunteer in the Twelve Communities.

Operating Hours

TUE10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
WED10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
THU10:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Lot Parking No
Street Parking No
Valet Parking No


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