Human Services Minister Dave Hancock and Staff Sergeant Tom McNulty
Recognized for their role in preventing domestic violence
On November 16th, 2012, the Brooks RCMP Detachment received an Inspiration Award for excellent work and leadership toward the prevention of domestic violence .
Under the leadership of Staff Sergeant Tom McNulty, the Brooks RCMP Detachment has made substantial strides in bridging the gap between safety and support. The RCMP has taken a leadership role to prevent and respond to family violence through the creation of a new pilot project, Domestic Violence Intervention Team. The goal of this project is to decrease incidents of violence in the home through a joint effort in early intervention and rapid connection to community supports. Staff Sergeant McNulty and his team continue to actively build strong community partnerships to create a safer environment for victims of family.
Domestic violence issues are a priority for RCMP "K" Division and the Province of Alberta. Currently, Brooks Detachment members respond to more domestic violence calls than the average detachment and a recent community consultation identified a need for a more concentrated response to Domestic Violence files.
The true community based approach Brooks detachment took after numerous consultations, involved partnering with the Cantara Safe House to implement the Domestic Violence Intervention Team (DVIT). The DVIT consists of one RCMP officer teaming up with an outreach worker to ensure everyone involved in domestic violence incident has an opportunity to receive the help they need. All social service providers agreed to participate and it was decided that the DVIT would act as a case management team with the ability to access all of the service providers.
Kathy Bruens of the Southeast Alberta Kind Communities Alliance recently said in a letter of support: "The partnership with the RCMP and the community has gone from involved to actively engaged, actively participating and taking a leadership role to prevent and respond to domestic and family violence as a collective community."
The creation of the DVIT is a true community effort. They have the support of City of Brooks Mayor and Council, the County of Newell Reeve and Council.
"I commend the community of Brooks and area as well as the RCMP members who made this program possible and look forward to it being sustained as we move forward.", says Inspector Frank Smart, Acting Southern Alberta District Commander. "Congratulations on receiving the Alberta Inspiration Award."
The Inspiration Awards were established in 2012 to recognize Albertans who demonstrate a commitment to ending family violence in their communities. Every November during Family Violence Prevention Month, up to three recipients in each of the categories of youth, adults, groups/organizations, and businesses will receive awards to honour their leadership. One individual may also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award to acknowledge a long-term commitment to ending family violence in Alberta. The awards program is managed by Human Services and recipients are chosen from nominations received from the public.