April 14, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A provincial conference on crime reduction will be held Wednesday, April 15, and Thursday, April 16, in Fredericton. About 250 participants from throughout the country will be in attendance.
"The best way to address crime is to prevent it," said Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General John W. Foran. "By bringing together people and organizations that will be sharing their views and best practices on crime reduction, the Reducing Crime: Bridging the Gaps conference is a jumping off point for the creation of a cohesive and comprehensive approach to crime reduction for the province of New Brunswick."
The keynote speaker will be Judge Mike McKee, who will be addressing the audience on the New Brunswick mental health review at the Wednesday dinner. McKee has spent the last several months reviewing mental health services in the province. He has a unique perspective on what various stakeholders can do better, and he will share what he has learned in his recent travels around New Brunswick.
Education Minister Kelly Lamrock will address the conference on Thursday on how to be responsive to at-risk and highly complex children and youth.
Various plenary sessions as well as breakout sessions will take place. Simultaneous interpretation will be offered for plenary sessions only.
The conference will showcase evidence-based practices for crime prevention / reduction in through 29 knowledge displays, presented by various government departments and agencies, Saint Thomas University criminology students and a number of community non-profit organizations. Those organizations will include: the Human Development Council; AIDS New Brunswick, Saint John and Moncton; the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research; Starving Artists; and the John Howard Society of Fredericton.
Additional events taking place outside of the formal conference are also scheduled:
"New Brunswickers want to live and work in communities that are safe and secure, and this is a critical part of our government's overall goal of achieving self-sufficiency by 2026," Foran said. "I am confident that this conference will help us to continue to build a safer New Brunswick for all New Brunswickers."
The conference will be hosted by the Department of Public Safety in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick, the National Crime Prevention Centre and the RCMP.
For more information, including the schedule, the sessions and the speakers, call 1-506-444-4673 or visit the conference website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Daniel Lessard, communications, Department of Public Safety, 506-444-5267.