Chief’s Community Action Group

The Saint John Police are announcing the implementation of the Chief’s Community Action Group (CCAG).

The focus of this group is to bring together representatives with the shared mission of a safe, healthy Saint John from across a broad spectrum to proactively address the significant issues faced in the city such as homelessness, substance use, mental health, and youth poverty.

“These issues and challenges affect our entire community in a very real way. Our individual agencies do an outstanding job dealing with the complexities of these specific issues, with limited resources and infrastructure. We feel, as group, that because all these issues intersect at some point, we need to look at a more coordinated, integrated, collaborative way of addressing them if we are going to make a substantial and sustainable difference in our community. I cannot think of a more dedicated group to engage in shifting the paradigm on how we address these important social issues.” Chief R.M. Bruce

The CCAG has created six subcommittees: Homelessness, Substance Use, Youth Issues, Mental Health, Quick Reaction Teams, and Discharge Planning. These subcommittees are led by on-the-ground practitioners with diverse representation from a cross section of agencies, including municipal and provincial government (member agencies are listed below).

“These subcommittees are in their infancy stages and are still seeking individuals from both the public and private sector who want to participate by making a positive contribution to our city and who can offer specific insight, expertise, or a kind and willing heart. This is our city, and we know there are many people out there who can and are willing to make a difference in addressing these complex issues. The time is now. Do not wait.” Chief R.M. Bruce

For anyone seeking to contribute their time or expertise, or to simply offer a suggestion, please go to where your information will be provided to the specific subcommittee.

Members agencies:

  • Addictions and Mental Health, Saint John
  • Avenue B Harm Reduction
  • Centre for Research, Education and Clinical Care of At-Risk Populations (RECAP)
  • Child Protection Services, Department of Social Development
  • City of Saint John
  • Correctional Services, Justice & Public Safety New Brunswick
  • Coverdale Centre for Women Inc.
  • Dalhousie Medical New Brunswick, Dalhousie University
  • Government of New Brunswick
  • Hestia House
  • Horizon Health – Mobile Crisis Services & Emergency Mental Health
  • Human Development Council
  • John Howard Society New Brunswick
  • Moms Stop the Harm
  • Office of the Attorney General – Crown Prosecutions, Saint John
  • Public Health New Brunswick, Department of Health
  • Outflow Ministry Saint John
  • River Stone Recovery Centre
  • Saint John Learning Exchange
  • Saint John Police Force
  • Saint John Regional Correctional Centre
  • Teen Resource Center (TRC)

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