Community Safety - Situation Tables
The Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach (OCR-GO) leads & supports efforts to create and enhance existing Situation Tables in B.C.
Situation Tables (also known as Hubs) help front line staff from the public safety, health, and social service sectors to identify vulnerable people and collaboratively and rapidly connect them to services before they experience a negative or traumatic event (e.g. victimization, overdose, eviction, etc.). Situation Tables empower agencies to reduce a broad range of risks that can impact a person’s well being and safety.
Situation Table Benefits
- Reduce long term demand on emergency and police resources
- Increase vulnerable peoples’ use of services
- Proactively connect people to services
Situation Table Community of Practice
The OCR-GO is building a Situation Table Community of Practice to enable participants to learn from each others’ experiences and to learn about other community safety issues and response. Participants’ experiences and insights from the first community of practice session are available in the Public Safety Insights – Summary of the Day of Dialogue on Situation Tables.
Situation Tables in B.C. Communities
Situation Tables were first introduced in B.C. by the following municipalities:
- Surrey Mobilization and Resiliency Table (SMART)
- Mission Active Support Table (MAST)
Following the success of the first Situation Tables, the OCR-GO has funded the following communities to implement their own Situation Tables:
- Penticton Community Active Support Table (CAST)
- Chilliwack Interagency Response Team (CIRT)
- Kelowna Outreach and Support Table (KOaST)
- West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, and Peachland - Greater Westside Hub
- Burnaby Mobilization and Resiliency Table (BMART)
- Hope Action Response Table (HART)
- Cariboo-Chilcotin Situation Table (CCST)