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Downtown Calgary safety issues the focus of new report

A group tasked with finding ways to make downtown Calgary safer is releasing its final report Wednesday morning.

In the report, The Downtown Safety Leadership Table will give recommendations on how to make the downtown core more secure.

The group is focusing on big-picture problems like addiction issues, housing concerns and crime

The Downtown Safety Leadership Table previously met in September to make recommendations.

Since then, it’s been having bi-weekly meetings with stakeholders ranging from first responders and area businesses to those with lived experiences on the street.

Downtown safety has been a significant priority for the city recently.

The City of Calgary has added an additional downtown outreach and crisis response team, transit improvements like safety hubs with more police and brighter lights at LRT platforms.

The city also announced $1.9 million in grants to seven places like the library and convention centre. 

There have also been efforts over the last year to boost enforcement in the area.

The province deployed dozens of sheriffs to the downtown core during a pilot project last summer.

In December, the province announced it would fund 50 new police officers in Calgary to patrol high-crime areas like LRT stations.

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