The Community After Incident Response (CAIR) is a project initiated by the City of Edmonton's Community Safety Initiatives. Through partnership with various agencies, they provide support to communities impacted by traumatic events (such as a homicide, public suicide, hate crime). This support includes:
Providing a safe space for the community members to talk about what occurred and the effects it has had on them
Providing access to mental health resources to help them to heal
Communities can be defined by geographical area, as well as cultural and sociopolitical communities.
What is Our Process?
When a traumatic incident occurs, Community Safety Liaisons (CSL) will:
Collect information from the affected communities
Coordinate with multiple partners, both internal and external, to provide support and assistance
A CAIR event is usually initiated within 2 weeks of the traumatic incident with the focus being on education and support.
CAIR Event Criteria
In order for CAIR to be initiated the following criteria must be met:
A significant incident such as a homicide, public suicide, hate motivated event
Public and communities must be aware of what has occurred prior to CAIR involvement
Significant secondary trauma experienced by an identifiable community
What is Not Considered a CAIR Event
CAIR will not be initiated in response to events that meet the following criteria:
Minor property crimes except where such crimes are motivated by hate
Incidents where the affected group is not identifiable
Interpersonal crimes that do not have a clear impact on others who are not directly involved in the event
Incidents outside of Edmonton, except where those incidents have significant impacts on Edmontonians and meet the above criteria
Primary victims of crime
Community After Incident Response Support
If your community requires support from CAIR, please submit our intake form.