A Lethbridge man and two local organizations have been honoured by the province for community crime prevention.

Alberta Community Justice Awards for 2019 were handed out Friday, August 30 in Edmonton, recognizing work to improve safety in local communities.

Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General says all Albertans should feel safe in their communities. “I thank this year’s award recipients and nominees for their exceptional leadership, innovation and dedication to community justice. They have improved the lives of Albertans and have made our province an even better place to live and work.”

Adonus Arlett of Lethbridge is program manager for the Lethbridge Corridor Victim Services Unit who introduced a victim services support dog to help victims navigate the criminal justice process.

The Taber Police Service Auxiliary Policing Program is a group of auxiliary officers who volunteer their time by engaging community members and bridging the gap between police and the public.

YWCA Lethbridge Amethyst Project is a 24-hour support program for women, men and children who have experienced sexual violence, which helps them heal through trauma-informed support.

The awards are presented in five categories: leadership, innovation, service enhancement, community mobilization, and partnerships and collaboration.