Initiatives Target Guns And Gangs, Organized Crime And Illegal Drugs
LONDON, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - London residents are safer today as a result
of the McGuinty government's investments to target guns, gangs and organized
crime, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter said
"This investment will go a long way to combating the spread of guns and
gangs in London and Ontario. It sends a clear signal that the McGuinty
government will not tolerate illegal activities," said Khalil Ramal,
The $510,000 in new investment for the London Police Service is part of a
$12-million anti-crime package announced recently by Premier Dalton McGuinty.
The London Police Service will use the funding for the second phase of Project
Disarm to continue to address crime-related gang activities.
"Guns, gangs and illegal drugs have no place in our communities," Kwinter
said. "We will continue to work with our policing partners to rid Ontario of
drug labs and grow operations and to protect our citizens."
"I am extremely pleased to see that the provincial government has come to
the aid of municipal police services who are tackling the guns and gang issue
which is not just municipal or regional but also provincial and national,"
said London Police Chief Murray Faulkner. "The funds received today will
extend Project Disarm for at least a year and will help take weapons and drugs
off our streets thus making our city and region safer."
The McGuinty government's new anti-crime package includes:
- A crystal methamphetamine (crystal meth) elimination project that
includes funding for an additional nine Ontario Provincial Police
- Increasing the capacity of the Office of the Fire Marshal to
investigate fires and explosions caused by methamphetamine labs and
marijuana grow operations
- Creating a Provincial Task Force on marijuana grow operations
- Enhancing the capacity of the OPP and municipal police services to
identify, locate, seize and forfeit the illegal gains from criminal
These initiatives build upon the government's 2006 guns and gangs
strategy. Highlights of the measures undertaken by the McGuinty government to
ensure safer communities include:
- 1,000 new officers for Ontario police services
- The Youth Opportunities Strategy to help young people faced with
challenges achieve success
- A new operations centre for the Guns and Gangs Task Force - the first
of its kind in North America
- $1 million for Perth County to combat the proliferation of crystal
"Tackling gun crimes is a complex challenge - and criminal gangs are
always adapting and evolving," said Kwinter. "Our strategy is working but we
need to keep up the pressure by being tough on gun crime, targeting gangs and
providing young people with positive alternatives to gang culture."
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MCGUINTY GOVERNMENT TAKES AIM AT GUNS AND GANGS,
ORGANIZED CRIME AND ILLEGAL DRUGS
On June 6, Premier McGuinty announced the government's new anti-crime
package, which included expanding Ontario's highly successful guns and gangs
project to combat violence and build safer communities for Ontario citizens.
Over two years, the McGuinty government has invested $68 million to crack
down on guns, gangs, illegal drugs and other criminal activities. Building on
the success of last year's $51-million provincewide investment, this year the
government is investing over $17 million to help Ontario communities target
crime and violence.
The initiatives announced by Premier McGuinty on June 6 will:
- Target Crystal Methamphetamine Labs ($2.0 Million)
Illicit methamphetamine (crystal meth) labs pose health and safety
risks to Ontario citizens. Since June 2006, six super labs have been
dismantled in Ontario (Durham, Peel, Sault Ste. Marie area, Stokes
Bay and Haliburton). A new team of specially trained officers will
supplement the Ontario Provincial Police Drug Enforcement Section by
providing expertise in dismantling crystal meth 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 that is needed
because of the spread of crystal meth labs.
- Implement an Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy in Targeted
Communities ($11.3 Million)
The government will invest $11.3 million in 2007 to continue
Toronto's Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy and 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. These communities are developing local anti-crime initiatives
based on the Toronto model.
- Create a Task Force on Marijuana Grow Operations ($800,000 in Annual
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
- Expand the Ontario Provincial Police Asset Forfeiture Unit
This will enhance the capacity of the Ontario Provincial Police
working with municipal police to identify, locate and seize the
illegal gains from criminal organizations, and seek their forfeiture
through the courts.
- Improve Intelligence Gathering ($900,000)
A new Intelligence Unit will help identify gang members and reduce
the potential for criminal activity in Ontario.
- Provide 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
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
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For further information:
For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8265, (647) 205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch,