City of Brantford launches action plan to prevent youth involvement in gun and gang violence

BRANTFORD, ON – The City of Brantford has announced the launch of the “Building Safer Communities: 2024-2026 Action Plan” aimed at preventing youth involvement in gun and gang violence.

Following the announcement from the Government of Canada's Building Safer Communities Fund, the initiative focuses on implementing targeted strategies to address root causes of youth violence and promote community safety and well-being. 

Developed in consultation with the Brantford Police Service and Laurier's Centre for Research on Security Practices (CRSP), the City launched the action plan to address the challenges of youth involvement in gun and gang violence. The plan consists of 25 action items within three focus areas, highlighting the City's commitment to creating a safer and more inclusive environment for Brantford youth. 

“It is important that we all remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent gun and gang violence in our community,” says Brantford Police Chief Rob Davis. “The Building Safer Communities Project is an excellent opportunity to develop prevention and awareness programs, and work together to support Brantford’s youth."

"The launch of the Building Safer Communities: 2024-2026 Action Plan represents a significant milestone in our efforts to expand youth programs and strengthen local supports," said Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis. "This initiative reflects our dedication to addressing the needs of Brantford's youth while continuing our commitment to fostering a community in which all youth can thrive." 

Some of the Action Plan’s key initiatives over the next three years include:

  • Gang recruitment awareness campaigns 
  • Youth outreach initiatives  
  • Substance use prevention programs  
  • Mentorship programs 
  • Culturally-based youth programs 
  • A Youth Inclusion Summit 
  • Skills development programs 
  • Programs to support the development of healthy relationships 
  • Service provider training

Working with community partners to improve outcomes for youth is a key objective of both the City of Brantford’s Community Safety and Well-being Plan and Empowering Youth Strategy.  

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Media Contact:

Chelsey Tobin | Communications Specialist, Communications and Community Engagement
City of Brantford | 519-759-4150 ext. 5048 |