June 1, 2012
Calgary… A Calgary home in the West Hillhurst area has been ordered closed for 90 days after the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) Unit was successful in obtaining a Community Safety Order (CSO). The closure is in effect starting June 1, at which time 2220 Bowness Road NW must be vacated.
The CSO also stipulates that any tenancy agreements or leases related to the property must be terminated as of the closure date.
The investigation began in 2009 after SCAN received public complaints about drug-related activity at the residence. During the investigation, SCAN attempted to resolve the matter informally, but the alleged activity continued and SCAN then took steps to obtain a CSO.
Throughout the investigation, SCAN members worked closely with the Calgary Police Service (CPS). This property has presented an ongoing problem for police.
While the police deal with criminal complaints against people, SCAN investigators use civil legislation to target problem properties around the province used for illegal purposes such as prostitution, drug use and drug trafficking, and gang activity.
Albertans who suspect a property in their neighbourhood is being used for illegal activity should contact SCAN toll-free at 1-866-960-SCAN (7226) or online at www.scan.alberta.ca. All complaints are confidential. Residents are reminded never to investigate suspected problem properties on their own.
SCAN is an ALERT team established and funded by the Government of Alberta to bring together the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources to tackle serious and organized crime. Over 400 municipal police, RCMP and sheriffs work for ALERT.
Media inquiries may be directed to:
ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)