Premier's Anti-Crime Package Takes Aim At Guns And Gangs, Organized Crime And Illegal Drugs



    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ -

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    The McGuinty government is broadening its highly successful Guns and
Gangs project to combat violence and build safer communities for Ontario
citizens.
    Building on the success of last year's $51-million investment and using
the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy as a model, the McGuinty
government will invest $12 million immediately to help Ontario target crime
and violence.

    
    The Premier's new anti-crime package will:

    -   Implement an Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy in communities
        outside Toronto ($6.3 million)

        The anti-violence strategy uses intelligence to target guns and
        gangs. In 2007, the government will invest $6.3 million to support
        police services in Golden Horseshoe communities (Brantford, Halton,
        Hamilton, Niagara), Essex County (Amherstburg, LaSalle, Windsor),
        Durham, Kenora, London, Ottawa, Peel, Thunder Bay, Waterloo and York
        Region.

    -   Create a Provincial Advisory Group on Marijuana Grow Operations
        ($400,000)

        The community safety hazards of marijuana grow operations call for
        dedicated resources. The new advisory group will develop methods to
        reduce the risks to public safety from marijuana grow operations.
        Through additional resources, the Office of the Fire Marshal will
        provide increased training to help reduce the risks to health and
        safety for police and fire services arising from marijuana grow
        operations.

    -   Target Crystal Methamphetamine Labs ($2.0 million)

        Illicit methamphetamine labs pose health and safety risks to Ontario
        citizens. Since June 2006, six labs have been dismantled in Ontario
        (Durham, Peel, Sault Ste. Marie area, Stokes Bay and Haliburton). The
        new Methamphetamine Response Team will supplement the Ontario
        Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Section by providing expertise in
        dismantling methamphetamine labs and targeting the criminal
        organizations that operate them. The Office of the Fire Marshal is
        also being given additional resources to meet the increasing demands
        for fire and explosion investigations and for the training and
        education of police and fire services resulting from the spread of
        methamphetamine labs.

    -   Expand the Ontario Provincial Police Asset Forfeiture Unit
        ($1.0 million)

        This will enhance the capacity of the Ontario Provincial Police,
        working with municipal police to identify, locate, seize, and forfeit
        the illegal gains from criminal organizations.

    -   Intelligence Gathering ($900,000)

        A new Intelligence Unit will help identify gang members and reduce
        the potential for criminal activity in Ontario.

    -   Additional Support for Crown Attorneys ($1.4 million)

        This support will improve response to gun crimes, with Crowns working
        with police from day one of an investigation on matters including
        seizures, wiretaps, search warrants and other investigative
        requirements.

        The McGuinty government is making significant investments to target
crime in Ontario. In 2006, the government introduced a $51-million Guns and
Gangs strategy that included a new operations centre and a broad range of
justice initiatives to cut down on crime.

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Brown, Ministry of Community Safety and
Correctional Services, (416) 314-7772

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