Durham Regional Police Service is one of 17 municipal and First Nations police services to receive additional funding to combat guns and gangs.
The Ontario Government has committed $15 million over the next two years to the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS). Part of the funding increase will be used to deploy specialized guns and gangs rapid response teams.
“These monies will be put to great use to help combat gun and gang activity in our Region, “said Chief Mike Ewles. “It will enable our officers to advance investigations and help create safer communities throughout Ontario. I would like to personally thank the Ontario Government for having the foresight and commitment to keep guns and gangs as a priority in Ontario.”
Since 2007, PAVIS initiatives have led to more than 1,100 arrests, 2,000 criminal charges laid and the removal of 200 illegal firearms in communities across the province.
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Funding announcement (JPG file, 212.7K bytes)
Municipal and First Nations Police Service officials (JPG file, 139.8K bytes)