Canada Toronto adding 200 cops to night shift to curb gun violence

17:41  12 july  2018
17:41  12 july  2018 Source:

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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.

Saunders says funding for expanding the force for the summer is being provided by the Ontario government and the mayor says the federal government will provide assistance as well.

Tory says fewer police officers will be monitoring traffic as part of the temporary plan.

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