A one-stop crime prevention centre would help ease financial worries of agencies that are trying to crack down on crime, says a Red Deer city councillor and former Mountie.
Buck Buchanan is proposing that the City of Red Deer get involved in the creation of a crime prevention centre — either through researching various models, funding or some other means.
“A lot of your programs are busily selling chocolate bars to pay their rent,” said Buchanan following Monday’s council meeting.
He understands a good portion of budgeting among various agencies is going towards paying rent, instead of on crime prevention programs.
“I think Neighbourhood Watch pays 72 to 75 per cent of their money towards rent, versus programming,” he said.
“I know Crime Stoppers, we’re in the same boat,” said Buchanan, who sits as chairman of the Crime Stoppers committee.