Canada Toronto police chief, mayor set to announce gun violence reduction plan

14:51  12 july  2018
14:51  12 july  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

Toronto adding 200 cops to night shift to curb gun violence

  Toronto adding 200 cops to night shift to curb gun violence Toronto police will add 200 frontline officers to the night shift this summer in an effort to reduce gun violence in the city. Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory unveiled the plan today, in the wake of a string of shootings in recent weeks. Saunders says officers will be dispatched to areas that require them and noted that neighbourhoods will not be saturated with police. Tory says $15 million will be spent on efforts to curb gun violence in the city, including funds for community programs.

The police chief ’s comments follow a bitter spat between Mayor John Tory and Toronto Police Saunders and Tory are expected to announce the Toronto Police Service’s gun violence reduction plan at a news conference Thursday morning. Police say 15 fires set along stretch of Hwy.

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Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory are set to announce a gun violence reduction plan amid many high-profile shooting incidents this year.

Police haven't announced what measures will be included in the plan. A news conference has been scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday at Toronto police headquarters.

Toronto police statistics posted on the service's website, which reflected all shootings between Jan. 1 and the end of Sunday, said there were 212 shootings. By that point in 2017, there were 188 shootings. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, there were 94, 155 and 191 shootings, respectively.

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Of the 53 homicides between Jan. 1 and the end of Sunday, 26 victims were fatally shot. During the same period in 2017, 17 victims were fatally shot.

The topic of gun violence in Toronto came up during a meeting between Tory and Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Queen's Park on Monday.

"We share a commitment to stopping the gun and gang violence so all people feel safe in their neighbourhoods," Tory said in a statement released after the meeting.

Last week, an email to Tory from veteran officer Mark Hayward made headlines after he criticized Tory over gun violence. It called him a “direct contributor” to the shootings by supporting “the cancellation of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) program.”

“You flip-flopped on carding and supported its demise. You forced budget and staffing cuts on the Toronto police,” read the email.

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  Toronto rolls out larger police presence to curb gun violence Toronto will have a bigger police presence on city streets Friday as part of a new, $15-million "gun violence reduction plan" designed to tackle the recent spike in shootings. Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory announced last week that 200 additional officers will now be on the streets during the evening peak hours for the remainder of the summer. The officers will be deployed on patrols during the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., the window during which most shootings occur in the city.

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Toronto Mayor John Tory says there is "no easy answer" or magic wand to reduce gun violence in the country's largest city, which has claimed 22 lives so far in 2018. Meantime, the chief of police told local TV station CP24 that more than 90 per cent of gun violence in the city is linked to gangs.

Hayward told Global News on Thursday that he wrote the email as a concerned citizen, but noted he had more than 30 years of experience as a police officer. He would not comment directly on the email, but said he stands by it and wrote it with public safety at heart.

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Saunders subsequently said the letter triggered a professional standards investigation. In a statement on Friday in response to the email and concerns about gun violence, he said the service has been working to address the issue.

"Our focus will continue to be on enforcement while we work cooperatively with city hall and all levels of government on the role they can play addressing issues that contribute to violence and developing appropriate responses to those who chose a criminal lifestyle," he wrote.

"We have always kept the lines of communication open to anyone, especially members of the Service, with valuable points to share and we have made adjustments to our strategy as a result. It has been very clear to us throughout this process that there is not one solution to these very complex issues."

Toronto ramping up social services to address gun violence

  Toronto ramping up social services to address gun violence TORONTO - The mayor of Toronto says the city is working to provide more social services and job opportunities to at-risk youth to address a recent spike in shootings. John Tory says there will be more job fairs in marginalized communities, and Toronto Community Housing will hire an additional 50 young people this summer. The announcement comes less than a week after the mayor said $15 million from all three levels of government was earmarked for efforts to curb gun violence, including programs aimed at preventing youth from joining gangs.

Reducing Toronto 's escalating gun violence , which has claimed 22 lives so far this year, will require social change and not a police crackdown, politicians and crime Mayor John Tory and police Chief Mark Saunders have both said the vast majority of shootings this year have been gang-related.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says there is "no easy answer" or magic wand to reduce gun violence in the country's largest city, which has claimed 22 lives so far in 2018. He said the plan involves "knowing who the players are" rather than saturating neighbourhoods with a police presence.

-- With files from Caryn Lieberman

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