Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association was established in 1989 as the Alberta Community Police Advisory Committee by provincial Police Services as a means to discuss mutual crime related issues within communities/police/government.
In 1990 it became the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association (ACCPA).
SCAN promotes safe communities by targeting and shutting down properties that are regularly used for illegal activities related to drugs, gangs, prostitution, and child exploitation.
The process starts when one or more residents of a neighbourhood file a complaint with SCAN. Complaints are confidential and the complainant’s identity will not be revealed at any time.
Before taking legal action, SCAN investigators will meet with a property owner or send a warning letter to try and solve the problem informally. If informal efforts are unsuccessful, SCAN may apply to the courts for a Community Safety Order, which calls for owners to meet a number of conditions or for the property to be closed for up to 90 days.
N.E.T. is a partnership with:
- City of Edmonton Community Services
- Edmonton Police Service
- The Family Centre
- and United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Teams work with residents, businesses and organizations, building sustainable solutions to crime and disorder.
From curtailing shoplifting at a liquor store to traffic enforcement around a school to participating in a community mural project, Neighbourhood Empowerment Teams promote and support a variety of community safety activities.