Youth Police Academy Photo Gallery

The Injera Initiative is a community partner project with the Edmonton Police Service – Downtown Division (ESP), the Multicultural Coalition for equity in Health and Well Being (Coalition), REACH Edmonton and the City of Edmonton (CoE). The goal of the project is to provide an opportunity to build capacity for police to work with the community and see community strengths through a crime prevention initiative that assists stakeholders in learning more about each other’s culture, including the culture of police and the ethno-cultural communities they serve. By using a community animation processi  facilitate through a cultural safety framework, this project empowers communities and effects social change by engaging a grassroots approach to breaking down barriers of fear, Misunderstanding and creating a sustainable approach to crime prevention: relationships of trust and collaboration.

Project Activities:

Coalition members with Edmonton Police during a see-it-for-yourself beat in downtown Edmonton.

  • Consultation with community members of Queen Mary Park and Central McDougall on addressing issues of crime and the need for the community building
  • Focus group discussions with members of EPS to look at training needs
  •  Cultural Safety sessions held for  EPS members
  • Community cultural safety dialogue for members of community  with focus on residents of Queen Mary Park and Central McDougall
  • Community Animators  facilitate connections between community and police
  • Youth crime reduction activities 


Injera wins top Crime Prevention Award

Edmonton Multicultural Coalition's Injera Program has won a major award in recognition of its pioneering efforts at grassroots crime prevention initiative in partnership with Edmonton Police Service. The Alberta Crime Prevention Award was received by Lawrence Muganga, the Injera Program manager on behalf of the Coalition. The award ceremony was organized by the office of Alberta Premier, Alison Redford through the office of the solicitor general on May 10 2013 in Edmonton.