Crime rates and incidents of violence are extremely alarming, tragic, and getting worse. A United Conservative government will not let this stand and will do whatever it takes to ensure Albertans feel safe on their streets, in their homes, and in their communities.
Almost everyday, Albertans wake up to news that someone in their city has been attacked, or worse. These are people’s daughters, sons, parents, friends, and loved ones. The number one job of governments is to protect citizens and ensure the safety of families and communities, but the Liberal-NDP soft-on-crime approach is costing lives. The United Conservative Party is saying: enough is enough.
To combat the rise in crime, United Conservatives are introducing the Safe Streets Action Plan, a comprehensive set of measures across multiple fronts that will help restore safety for Alberta’s cities, communities, and families.
“Albertans deserve to feel safe walking down the street,” said United Conservative Leader Danielle Smith. “We have to address gang violence, expand access to mental health and addiction treatments, and keep violent offenders and sexual offenders off our streets. Anything less is unacceptable.”
The Safe Streets Action Plan will crack down on criminals by utilizing ankle bracelet monitoring for dangerous offenders out on bail and deploy Sheriffs to monitor them. It will mean more patrol officers on our streets, new anti-Fentanyl trafficking teams as well as more funding for internet child exploitation units and gang suppression units. It will also make it easier for moms and dads to know the whereabouts of violent and sexual offenders and invest in women’s shelters and sexual assault counselling. We will do whatever it takes for Albertans to feel safe on their streets, in their homes, and in their communities.
The Safe Streets Action Plan will:
Over the past four years, United Conservatives took real steps forward in protecting Albertans. Thanks to the UCP government, convicted sexual offenders and dangerous offenders can no longer legally change their names and hide in their communities. The UCP government introduced Clare’s Law, to enable women to seek out information on their intimate partners that could help protect them. The UCP brought forward a nine-point plan to combat human trafficking, launched a task force, and allocated $21 million to implement the task force’s recommendations. In Budget 2023, we allocated money for fugitive apprehension teams, for gang suppression teams, and for Alberta Sheriff pilot projects. And, most recently, the UCP launched task forces in Edmonton and Calgary to tackle crime.
While the UCP are focused on keeping Alberta families and communities safe, the NDP are running a slate of candidates who have publicly called for our policing services to be cut and defunded. Albertans cannot trust the NDP to keep communities safe when they have a slate of anti-police candidates on the ballot. Rachel Notley also supports the Federal Liberal-NDP catch-and-release bail policies which have caused crime waves on the streets of Calgary and Edmonton.
A large percentage of violent crimes are being committed by repeat offenders out on bail. Edmonton police saw the highest number of violent crimes ever reported in a single year in 2022 and their data connects the rise in violence to changes made by the federal government to the bail system in 2019 under Bill C-75. In the past three years there have been over 3,600 violent occurrences, including 2,200 assaults, by people who were out on bail in Edmonton. Calgary’s Chief of police stated that of the 45 persons charged with Calgary homicides in the last 2.5 years, 23 were out on bail at the time of their alleged offences. This is a direct result of the Liberal-NDP revolving-door justice system. It doesn’t work for Albertans, and the UCP won’t stand for it.
“Safe communities require more funding for robust and diverse police services, not their defunding,” Smith stated. “While Rachel Notley’s NDP refuses to back down from their defund the police rhetoric, United Conservatives will continue to support the men and women in blue as they run toward danger every day to help Albertans.”
The UCP stands with our provincial partners and organizations like the Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police, in demanding the federal government end the catch-and-release system plaguing our communities, and finally take action to reform Canada’s bail system.
Albertans are looking for real solutions to crime and disorder and the UCP’s Safe Streets Action Plan will deliver. United Conservatives will move Alberta forward by enhancing community safety, keeping hard drugs and illegal guns off the streets, and protecting women and children facing abuse.
Read the full news release here.
The UCP’s Safe Streets Action Plan will enhance community safety, keep hard drugs and guns off the streets, and protect women and children facing abuse by:
This will build on past UCP crime-fighting measures, including:
Questions & Answers:
Calgary and Edmonton have seen rising levels of crime in their downtown cores and on public transit. How will today’s announcement help address this issue?
The most effective way to take back our streets is to get more boots on the ground and address the Liberal/NDP catch-and-release bail system. A re-elected UCP government will recruit and train 100 police officers in Calgary and Edmonton to address chronic and worsening crime issues. We will also extend the downtown Alberta Sheriff redeployment pilot program until the end of 2023, and beyond if necessary. The spending for this initiative was contained in Budget 2023.
A re-elected UCP government will also expand the use of Alberta Sheriffs in the 24/7 bail monitoring to monitor higher risk offenders released on bail to provide increased protection for Albertans.
As bail falls under federal jurisdiction, what can a UCP government do?
Canadians across the country are fed up with dangerous criminals out on bail going on to commit even more serious crimes. As part of today’s announcement, a re-elected UCP government will continue working with our provincial counterparts, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and others to demand immediate reform of the federal Liberal government’s catch-and-release, revolving-door bail system (C-75) that is plaguing our communities.
The UCP will also add funds to an electronic ankle monitoring program announced in Budget 2023, with Sheriffs helping enforce it so we can reduce the likelihood these offenders on bail reoffend.
Is bail really a major factor in today’s crime rates?
Even one crime committed by somebody out on bail is unacceptable. Unfortunately, the numbers are much higher than that.
In Calgary, 23 of 45 charged with homicide in 2021, 2022, and YTD 2023 (April 4), were on bail. Seven of those were bound by firearms prohibitions and two had recently completed parole conditions and were no longer bound.
In Edmonton in the last two years, 26 homicides were committed by criminals out on bail.
What will the UCP do specifically to address the proliferation of illegal guns and the fentanyl crisis?
In addition to giving ALERT more funding, a re-elected UCP government will create Alberta sheriff-led teams to combat gun smuggling and fentanyl trafficking at the border. This initiative will cost $6 million over two years.
How will a re-elected UCP government further empower ALERT?
Created by Ralph Klein’s Conservative government in 2006, ALERT has proven very effective at combatting organized and serious crime. As part of today’s announcement, a re-elected UCP government will enhance ALERT’s abilities with additional funding beyond what is in the budget and the federal funds recently announced.
We will also direct ALERT to monitor scrap metal dealers and the gang connections making catalytic converter thefts such a problem.
How will the Act help Albertans to identify dangerous offenders?
In 2019, the UCP government passed the Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence Act (better known as Clare’s Law), which allows Albertans to submit applications to obtain information regarding an intimate partner’s possible history of domestic and/or sexual violence victimizing partners or children. This is an incredibly useful tool for at-risk Albertans, and a re-elected UCP government will expand awareness of the program through a two-year, $3-million advertising campaign.
What will the UCP do to better protect children?
Online child sexual exploitation is one of the most dangerous and disturbing public safety issues we face in Canada. We will increase support for the Internet and Child Exploitation (ICE) ($4 million over four years).