MISSISSAUGA, September 18, 2013 – Today at Council, Ward 9 Councillor Pat Saito was presented with the International Crime Prevention Ambassador Award from the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP), in recognition of her contributions to local, provincial, national and international crime prevention.
“I am honoured and pleased to be recognized by ISCPP for my contributions to an area in which I have always had a great interest.” said Councillor Saito. “Working to prevent crime in our City has always been a priority for me and to receive this award from such a respected organization for doing something I believe in is a bonus.”
Councillor Saito has been involved in crime prevention initiatives for more than 20 years. She initiated and chaired the Peel Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Committee (CPTED) and was instrumental in founding the Mississauga Crime Prevention Association, now Safe City Mississauga on which she still sits as a board member. She initiated and serves as Vice Chair on the Peel Youth Violence Prevention Network to develop a strategy for youth crime prevention. She was also the Mississauga representative on the Peel Police Internet Safety Committee.
In 2006, her contributions were recognized by Peel Regional Police who awarded her the prestigious Robert Boyne Award for Crime Prevention.
Since 1977, the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners (ISCPP) has continued its mission for the reduction and control of criminal opportunity and victimization by: encouraging crime prevention education and practice in public, private and voluntary sectors; supporting and guiding crime prevention programs and activities; aiding the development and establishment of crime prevention programs; responding to the needs of the crime prevention practitioner; and stimulating the exchange of ideas among ISCPP members.
As Canada’s sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is “Leading Today for Tomorrow” by focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.