Initiatives Will Target Guns And Gangs, Organized Crime And Illegal Drugs
Brampton, ON, July 19 /CNW/ - Peel Region residents are safer today as a result of the McGuinty government's investments to target guns, gangs and organized crime, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter and Brampton West-Mississauga MPP Vic Dhillon said today.
"This investment will go a long way to combating the spread of guns and gangs in Brampton, Peel Region and Ontario," said Dhillon. "It sends a clear signal that the McGuinty government will not tolerate illegal activities in Ontario."
The $1,020,000 in new investment for the Peel Regional Police is part of a $12-million anti-crime package announced recently by Premier Dalton McGuinty. The Peel Regional Police will use the funding to establish a joint forces operation with the Durham Regional Police Service by deploying 18 full-time officers dedicated to a rapid response team.
"Guns, gangs and illegal drugs have no place in our communities," Kwinter said. "We will continue to work with our policing partners to rid Ontario of drug labs and grow operations and to protect our citizens."
"Peel Regional Police are proud to work with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and police services across Ontario in the fight against gun violence in our communities," said Peel Regional Police Deputy Chief Paul Tetzlaff. "The elements of this crime package will further the existing strategies in Peel Region, and strengthen our commitment to investigating and tackling the serious problem of guns and gangs."
The McGuinty government's new anti-crime package includes:
-A crystal methamphetamine elimination project that includes funding for an additional nine Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers
-Increasing the capacity of the Office of the Fire Marshal to investigate fires and explosions caused by methamphetamine labs and marijuana grow operations
-Creating a Provincial Task Force on Marijuana Grow Operations
-Enhancing the capacity of the OPP and municipal police services to identify, locate and seize the illegal gains from criminal organizations, and seek their forfeiture through the courts.
These initiatives build upon the government's 2006 guns and gangs strategy. Highlights of measures undertaken by the McGuinty government to ensure safer communities include:
-1,000 new officers for Ontario police services
-The Youth Opportunities Strategy to help young people faced with challenges achieve success
-A new operations centre for the Guns and Gangs Task Force - the first of its kind in North America.
"Tackling gun crimes is a complex challenge - and criminal gangs are always adapting and evolving," said Kwinter. "Our strategy is working but we need to keep up the pressure by being tough on gun crime, targeting gangs and providing young people with positive alternatives to gang culture."For more information, visit http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/