11/06/2013 02:19 EST | Updated 01/23/2014 10:53 EST

New project aims to prevent crime in Winnipeg's troubled North End

WINNIPEG - The Manitoba government, Winnipeg police and social agencies are teaming up on a new anti-crime program in the city's North End neighbourhood.

Premier Greg Selinger says the aim is to improve communication between the different agencies, so that troubled families can be identified and get help earlier.

The province is spending $600,000 over three years for a pilot project in a 21-block area.

If it's successful, Selinger says it may be expanded to other areas.