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Canada Toronto police chief, mayor set to announce gun violence reduction plan

14:51  12 july  2018
14:51  12 july  2018 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory announced last week that 200 additional officers will now be on the streets during the evening peak hours for the remainder of the Toronto police will add 200 frontline officers to the night shift this summer in an effort to reduce gun violence in the city.

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory are set to announce a gun violence reduction plan amid many high-profile shooting incidents this year.

Police haven't announced what measures will be included in the plan. A news conference has been scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday at Toronto police headquarters.

Toronto police statistics posted on the service's website, which reflected all shootings between Jan. 1 and the end of Sunday, said there were 212 shootings. By that point in 2017, there were 188 shootings. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, there were 94, 155 and 191 shootings, respectively.

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Of the 53 homicides between Jan. 1 and the end of Sunday, 26 victims were fatally shot. During the same period in 2017, 17 victims were fatally shot.

The topic of gun violence in Toronto came up during a meeting between Tory and Ontario Premier Doug Ford at Queen's Park on Monday.

"We share a commitment to stopping the gun and gang violence so all people feel safe in their neighbourhoods," Tory said in a statement released after the meeting.

Last week, an email to Tory from veteran officer Mark Hayward made headlines after he criticized Tory over gun violence. It called him a “direct contributor” to the shootings by supporting “the cancellation of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) program.”

“You flip-flopped on carding and supported its demise. You forced budget and staffing cuts on the Toronto police,” read the email.

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# Toronto useless police chief saunders + moronic mayor tory come up with lame plan to curb gun violence , a way for cops to pad their paycheque Try this instead min sentence of 20 yrs for illegal carrying a handgun min sentence of 50 years for using a handgun in a crime no excuses.

Toronto will add more front-line officers during peak hours for gun violence for the remainder of the summer, the police chief and mayor announced The move is part of a new, -million " gun violence reduction plan " that comes in the wake of a spate of high-profile and brazen shootings.

Hayward told Global News on Thursday that he wrote the email as a concerned citizen, but noted he had more than 30 years of experience as a police officer. He would not comment directly on the email, but said he stands by it and wrote it with public safety at heart.

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Saunders subsequently said the letter triggered a professional standards investigation. In a statement on Friday in response to the email and concerns about gun violence, he said the service has been working to address the issue.

"Our focus will continue to be on enforcement while we work cooperatively with city hall and all levels of government on the role they can play addressing issues that contribute to violence and developing appropriate responses to those who chose a criminal lifestyle," he wrote.

"We have always kept the lines of communication open to anyone, especially members of the Service, with valuable points to share and we have made adjustments to our strategy as a result. It has been very clear to us throughout this process that there is not one solution to these very complex issues."

'I'm doing everything I possibly can,' mayor says amid escalating gun violence

  'I'm doing everything I possibly can,' mayor says amid escalating gun violence Mayor John Tory defended his work to address gun violence Monday, saying he’s doing “everything” he can and called attempts to blame him for the rash of crime a “very unfortunate politicization” of the issue. Tory told CBC Radio's Metro Morning Monday that Toronto remains a safe city despite a rash of shootings, a number of which have happened in busy public spaces.

A Toronto police officer speaks to a resident on Dixon Road during an evening patrol of the area. (Chris Langenzarde/CBC). Some residents of neighbourhoods that Toronto police have identified as "high priority" in the fight against gun violence say they welcome an increase in the number of

Toronto police haven't announced what measures will be included in the plan . A news conference has been scheduled for 8 a.m. on Thursday. Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory are set to announce a gun violence reduction plan amid many high-profile shooting incidents

-- With files from Caryn Lieberman

Toronto rolls out larger police presence to curb gun violence .
Toronto will have a bigger police presence on city streets Friday as part of a new, $15-million "gun violence reduction plan" designed to tackle the recent spike in shootings. Police Chief Mark Saunders and Mayor John Tory announced last week that 200 additional officers will now be on the streets during the evening peak hours for the remainder of the summer. The officers will be deployed on patrols during the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., the window during which most shootings occur in the city.

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