It’s a Crime Not to Read

A uniquely “Made in Calgary” initiative, It’s a Crime Not to Read links Library staff and members of the Calgary Police Service with students in Grade Three.

"I drove by one of my schools while the entire school was outside for their lunch. The excitement, cheers, and waves from the kids when they recognized me reinforced the impact of the program."

Police Officer

"The It’s a Crime Not to Read program was a good start for my child’s willingness to read different books. Reading has become part of his everyday life."


"Constables make boring reading to a fun reading with lots of funny voices and actions that makes us laugh and like the constables"


Program Impact


local children reached


emergency responder hours


schools in 2016-2017


emergency responders in 2016-2017

Since 2002, the program has reached more than 11,000 local children and garnered more than 5,400 hours from the Calgary Police Service and Emergency Responders.

It's a Crime Not to Read has received more than $1 million in investment of money and in-kind contributions

More than 1,600 students from 21 schools participated in the program in the 2016-17 school year

In 2016, 30 police officers, dispatchers and paramedics have delivered the program to 21 schools.


Community Partners
  • Calgary Police Service
  • Calgary Board of Education
  • Calgary Catholic School District
Leadership Supporters
  • BURNSWEST Corporation
  • CIBC Children’s Foundation
  • Calgary South Rotary Partners
  • Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown
  • Rotary Club of Calgary Centennial
  • Rotary Club of Calgary East
  • Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park
  • Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic
  • Rotary Club of Calgary Sarcee
  • Rotary Club of Calgary West
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