The Durham Region Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (D.R.A.V.I.S.) is getting results, as uniformed officers are targeting specific areas and individuals across Durham Region.
Since the new D.R.A.V.I.S. funding began in September, officers have arrested 440 people, laid over 630 charges and recovered over 20 weapons, including guns and knives. The program is funded by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.
By targeting individuals, checking that offenders are living by their court-imposed release conditions and using crime data, patrols are targeted and the use of time maximized. Another advantage is the generation of street checks - notes officers make when chatting with individuals - which can help in future investigations. So far, D.R.A.V.I.S. officers have completed 820 street checks and have done 125 compliance checks.
They have also seized $7,400 in cocaine, $727,000 in marihuana, $5,300 in meth and $2,440 in prescription medication, like Oxycontin.
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Arrest for Possession of Illegal Knife in Oshawa (JPG file, 164.2K bytes)
Sgt. Shaw Briefs Team (JPG file, 142.3K bytes)
Insp. Maiorano Inspects Officers at Start of Shift (JPG file, 141.2K bytes)