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Mayor Naheed Nenshi addresses recent string of crimes

Last Updated Jan 8, 2020 at 3:01 pm MDT

FILE PHOTO: Mayor Naheed Nenshi speaks during a Calgary City council meeting in Calgary on October 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said that Calgary is still a very safe city, despite the recent string of crimes.

In the first week of the new year, a surprising amount of deaths and crime has been seen in the city.

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However, Mayor Nenshi reminds everyone that Calgary is still an incredible place to live.

“Let’s just remember that Calgary remains an extraordinarily safe city, by any measure,” said Mayor Nenshi.

“It’s safer than it was when I was growing up in the 1970s and certainly people should feel comfortable walking down any street in Calgary at any time of the day or night, that their personal safety is not at risk.”

However, Nenshi said there is still a reason to be concerned.

“That said, I’m very concerned about the increase in targetted violence.”

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Nenshi said he would like to talk to the Calgary Police Service (CPS) to see how they’re dealing with the situations and see if there is any way the city or her citizens can help.

Regarding fear within the city, Nenshi said it is natural to react with caution.

“When this concentration of these sorts of things happen, people get nervous and that’s human nature. People ought to get nervous,” commented Nenshi.

“But I want people to remember that we have an outstanding police service. That we’re a safe city.”

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He reminded the public that there are resources available for both officers and citizens, including victim services and mental health services.

“People, please look after yourselves as well.”

Nenshi said that the province did effectively cut one-third of the CPS in the last budget.

However, in their last budget, the council did not make any cuts to the CPS.

“It is really, really, really important that the government understands that urban crime is also an issue, not just rural crime.”