Well, the summer is officially here. The fireworks have been shared, and the powwow season is in full swing in Indian Country. Thank goodness things are trying to stay green although the temperature keeps trying to stay higher than normal.
After discussing Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design last time, I thought I'd bring everyone up to date on a program that AARP has been focusing on. It's called "Livable Communities" and has many of the same focuses that CPTED covers. Livable Communities covers the 8 domains of livability. These are: 1) Outdoor Spaces and Buildings, 2) Transportation, 3) Housing, 4) Social Participation, 5) Respect and Social Inclusion, 6) Civic Participation and Employment, 7) Communication and Information, and 8) Community and Health Services.
AARP is working with the World Health Organization to encourage communities to become Age-Friendly. This doesn't only mean for older people, but for all. Montana currently has two communities who have received the Age Friendly designation. These are Carbon County (Red Lodge) and Bozeman. Kalispell is working towards receiving the designation.
"The purpose of the AARP Age Friendly Communities is to serve as a catalyst to educate, encourage, promote, and recognize improvements that make cities, towns, and counties more supportive not only of their older residents for residents of all ages. Our intent is to provide American cities, towns, counties with the resources they need to become more age-friendly, tapping into national and global research, models, and best practices." (AARP Nework of Age-Friendly Communities Program Cycle handout).
To find out more about becoming an age Friendly Community - contact Steve Reiter at AARP Montana State Office at 406-457-4702.
Alex E. Ward, CPP
Board Certified in Security Management (American Society for Industrial Security)
MCPA in conjunction with the Yellowstone County DUI Task Force and Q2 produced these DUI PSA's. They paint a sad picture of DUI in Montana and have been viewed on television as well as on you tube. This is one way we can educate folks as to things they need to know about crime.