Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Ottawa Chief of Police, Charles Bordeleau: 
Like other major cities across Canada, Ottawa has seen a rise in gun violence in recent years. We know how unsettling this is for our communities and want to thank our community leaders and residents for their continued assistance and ideas to combat this and other crimes.
Gun violence is a top operational priority for our police service and we have a refocused strategy to address it. That strategy includes an organizational-wide focus directly targeted at the activities and people involved in this violence and criminality.
This trend of criminals arming themselves with crime guns and openly using them is being seen in other major Canadian cities. In Ottawa, we saw 74 shootings in 2017, 68 in 2016 and 46 in 2015. In Toronto, they saw 392 shootings in 2017, 407 in 2016 and 288 in 2015. Despite what some might say, there are no easy answers to this problem. 

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