OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The inclusion by the Conservative
government of a renewed investment in the Youth Gang Prevention Fund
within the Budget tabled today in the House of Commons will help
provide police services across Canada with the tools and resources they
need to target at-risk youth, and keep them away from the lure of
organized crime, said Canadian Police Association President Tom
"Nobody knows better than our members the importance of targeting
at-risk youth and effectively getting across the message that there are
better options than a dead-end life of crime," said Mr. Stamatakis.
"This program has shown proven results in the past, and we look forward
to being productive partners with this government to ensure that this
fund continues to build on those successes."
According to the 2002 Canadian Police Survey on Youth Gangs, there were
approximately 434 youth gangs with 7,000 members nationally, with youth
gangs reportedly active in large and small Canadian jurisdictions.
Since that time it has become increasingly apparent that the most
effective responses to address youth gangs rely on a combination of
prevention, intervention and suppression programs, which is why the
Youth Gang Prevention Fund is such a valuable tool to front-line police
"Our members appreciate seeing that this government is focused on
ensuring that our officers have the tools and resources necessary to
protect our communities effectively, and efficiently," said Mr.
"This budget is a good sign that this Parliament will seriously address
public safety in Canada, and we look forward to working with all
Members of Parliament to ensure Canadians are confident in their safety
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