12/13/2012 03:52 EST | Updated 02/12/2013 05:12 EST

New Brunswick government launches effort to reduce and prevent crime

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has launched a crime prevention and reduction strategy.

Premier David Alward said Thursday that a roundtable of police and community groups will suggest different programs and study what works best.

The strategy will focus on youth at risk, chronic repeat offenders and domestic violence.

Alward says if police and other groups can intervene sooner with actions such as education programs then maybe crimes can be prevented.

Acting Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch says there are many opportunities to intervene with young people.

Fitch says she believes the approach will lead to a more coordinated approach across the province that can reduce crime.