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New Community Safety and Wellness Model launched in Ottawa

MERIT (Multiagency Early Risk Intervention Tables) is an innovative Community Safety and Well-Being Initiative supported by the Ottawa Police Service, local agencies, and service partners that aims to reduce crime, victimization and improve community resiliency and well-being.

This collaborative risk driven approach to community safety and well-being model provides a hub approach that brings together the most appropriate community agencies in a situation table model to provide a targeted, wrap around approach to vulnerable individuals, families and places that are experiencing heightened levels of risk.

MERIT provides the backbone support to local partners, including coordination, administration and the development of training/tools that will strengthen service delivery across sectors.

MERIT supports identification of trends, gaps, system level barriers and best practices in human service delivery systems for vulnerable and at-risk populations.

The Ottawa Police Service is dedicated to supporting this network that has representation from community partners from the health, social, and safety services sectors. MERIT represents a continued commitment on the part of the Ottawa Police Service to working with our communities on our shared responsibility for safety, and to expand and enhance how the OPS works with commuity organizations to address risk factors that may lead to harm, or victimization.

You can watch this video to learn how Ottawa's MERIT program is helping to identify and address problems before they happen. MERIT's collaborative apporach helps individuals and families in our community access the services they need and maintains their privacy.

For up-to-date information on MERIT, follow @MERITottawa, or email