Qadri Eyes P3 For Crime Prevention

- March 16th, 2011

Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri is a man with a plan when it comes to Crime Prevention Ottawa.

Qadri was recently appointed chair of CPO, replacing retired councillor Jacques Legendre. He is coming to the CPO board with a fresh perspective and a new approach to funding its programs.

For one, CPO should be looking at tapping the private sector for funding, Qadri told me today.

During the 2010 city budget deliberations CPO was on the chopping block until council found a way to slide the $510,000 program back on the books. The organization had a less painful experience during the 2011 budget process and its money was easily approved.

It’s clear, though, skepticism about CPO programming remains around the council table. Just look at the recent debate over graffiti murals, which are funded through city grants administered by CPO.

Qadri said CPO needs to find private partners to take the heat of taxpayers, but also to allow communities to take some ownership over their own crime prevention programs. It could involve engaging real estate agencies and the business improvement associations, he said.

Qadri is a firm believer in the need for CPO in the city. He says organizations like Ottawa police and Crime Stoppers react to crime, where CPO tries to prevent crime.

(Pictured: Qadri doing his own form of speed prevention by working a radar gun in Stittsville in 2007.)

Categories: Budget, Emergency Services, Police

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