Canada's front-line police welcome renewed investment in gang prevention funding

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 Stamatakis.

"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 personnel.

"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. Stamatakis.

"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 and security."


For further information:

Michael Gendron
Government and Media Relations Officer
(613) 299-6516 -

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