What is Building Safe Communities (BSC)

Through a facilitated process, Building Safe Communities works with residents, from select community associations, to identify strategies and initiatives focused on preventing and reducing crime as well as creating safe communities.

From this process comes a unique plan of action in which residents will carry out as citizen led initiatives.  The emphasis on these strategies often is preventive with many actions focusing on community engagement and community development.  After the engagement process, the Building Safe Communities facilitator moves to more of an advisory role as the work of the plan begins in an effort to ensure citizens are leading and engaging to improve their neighbourhood.  Partners such as the Calgary Police Service, local stakeholders and City of Calgary Community and Neighbourhood Services are also engaged in the process.  The goal is to ignite action at the resident level.

If you see anything in regards to crime or safety issues in our community, please contact Irene Hammerling at: [email protected] or call (403) 269-1579




What do you want to see in your community?   How can we get there?   Join us in a series of gatherings to help us explore the possibilities around crime prevention, safety and community engagement in Bridgeland-Riverside!


You are invited to a MEET AND GREET night to get to know your neighbours and start the conversation.  Then we will have a series of 3 meetings to create resident-led projects and initiatives on improving community life and safety!


Meet and Greet Social Event (with hors d’oeuvres):      Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm – let’s get to know each other!

Meeting 1:      March 3rd , 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm – 1st facilitated discussion where we discuss community issues and community assets.

Meeting 2:      March 17th , 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm – 2nd facilitated discussions where we brainstorm plans to deal with community issues. What can we do?


Meeting 3:      March 31st , 2015 from 7:00-9:00 pm – 3rd meeting where we will create an action plan outlining how to move forward.


All events will be held at the Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association hall, 917 Centre Ave. N.E.


This is a resident-led initiative with facilitation from the Federation of Calgary Communities so let’s get as many residents as possible at these meetings!   If you are interested in making Bridgeland-Riverside a more vibrant, safer place, please join us!   All are welcome!


Please email: Irene Hammerling at [email protected] or call (403) 269-1579 for more information and to RSVP for the meetings.

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Bridgeland-Riverside Community Association

917 Centre Ave. N.E.
Calgary, AB T2E 0C6
[email protected]
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