2022 Crime Prevention Conference

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Established in 2010, the Annual Crime Prevention Conference presented by Safe City Mississauga calls on academics, government officials, educators, law enforcement, social workers, crime prevention practitioners and community members from across Mississauga to present new research, discuss best practices, and solutions to public safety.

The 11th Annual Crime Prevention Conference will be centered around Community Safety and Well-being: Harnessing the Evidence, Harnessing What Works and will showcase presentations on community-centered approaches and evidence-based research on safety and well-being.

Location: Sheridan College
Date: 27 October 2022
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Partner with the most esteemed annual event to prevent crime in Mississauga. Sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie, Executive Director.(executivedirector@safecitymississauga.on.ca).


The Annual Crime Prevention Conference Aims to:

  • Present regional and local best practices in crime prevention programming
  • Educate local practitioners and community organizations on up-and-coming developments
  • Discuss evidence-based, best strategies on Community Safety planning for the future
  • Lead the way to implement this plan and reduce crime more effectively in Mississauga


Keynote – Joel Caplan, PhD:

Dr. Joel Caplan works with cities and towns to prevent crime, improve community policing, and make data-informed decisions that enhance public safety. He specializes in GIS mapping and crime pattern analysis, and co-developed Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM). RTM diagnoses environmental features that connect with crime. It helps people develop the best strategies for crime deterrence and prevention. Joel is a Professor at Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice (SCJ) and serves as Director of the SCJ Master’s Program and Director of the Rutgers Center on Public Security (RCPS). He has professional experience as a police officer, 9-1-1 dispatcher and emergency medical technician. Joel has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and two books, “Risk-Based Policing: Evidence-Based Crime Prevention with Big Data and Spatial Analytics” (2018) and “Risk Terrain Modeling: Crime Prevention and Risk Reduction” (2016). His research on communities, crime and policing empowers multiple stakeholders with evidence to maximize resources and create safer and more secure environments. Joel earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2008) and is also a proud alumnus of Rutgers University (2004) and The College of New Jersey (2003).

Guest Speaker: Nancy Polsinelli, Commissioner of Health Services. Region of Peel
Nancy Polsinelli is Region of Peel Commissioner of Health Services and serves as co-chair of Peel’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan. A requirement for all Ontario municipalities, Peel is one of the first to begin implementing its Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan and establish a secretariat, with three areas of focus: Family Violence, Mental Health & Addictions and Systemic Discrimination. Her co-leadership, with the Peel Regional Police Chief, focuses on addressing systemic gaps and supporting coordinated, human-focused programs and services in collaboration with local municipalities, school boards, health and social service providers and other community voices.


Each year at the Conference, SafeCity Mississauga and Bell celebrate community members who make the city a safer place for everyone. The Bell Hero Awards acknowledge that not all heroes wear capes and spandex. Often, those who make the biggest difference are those we see every day. Our mission is to celebrate an individual, organization, and young change-makers in Mississauga who has made an extraordinary contribution to crime prevention

Last Year’s Winners

  • Jess Mann, Neighbourhood Watch Team Lead – Adult Hero Award
  • Ivanka Barakova & Sanjeev Bagha, SCM Program Assistants – Youth Hero Awards
  • Streetsville BIA, Business Watch Supporter – Community Organization Hero Award