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McGuinty Government Boosts Support For Successful Anti-Violence Strategy

Ontario police services are getting more resources to prevent gun and gang violence in their communities and make local neighbourhoods a safer place to live, work and play.

Through the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS), Ontario will provide 17 police services with a 41 percent funding increase to support specialized teams that root out gangs and stop violent crime in its tracks. Modeled after the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), local PAVIS projects are already working to make Ontario's communities safer. Since 2007, these initiatives have led to more than 1,100 arrests, 2,000 criminal charges laid, and the removal of 200 illegal firearms. Preventing crime and promoting safety are part of the Open Ontario plan to provide safe communities for Ontario families to live and learn.

Quick Facts

  • The McGuinty government is allocating $15 million to PAVIS over the next two years.
  • From that total, $1 million will be made available to other municipal and First Nations police services not currently involved in the strategy.
  • Since 2003, the McGuinty Government has put 2,000 more police officers on Ontario streets and established a first-of-its-kind, $51 million Guns and Gangs Strategy that enables criminal and justice systems to work collaboratively to rid Ontario's streets of guns and gangs
  • Since 2003, overall crime rate in Ontario has declined 17 per cent, including an 11 per cent reduction in violent crime.

Background Information

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Jim Bradley

“Making our communities safer is working - guns and gangs activity and other violent crimes have declined since 2003. Our dedicated police force risk everything to ensure that 13 million Ontarians have safe communities to live and learn”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

“We are committed to combating guns and gangs across this province, vigorously prosecuting charges, and working collaboratively with law enforcement, justice and community partners to make our neighbourhoods safer.”

Chris Bentley

Attorney General of Ontario

“The Ontario Government's commitment to PAVIS funding allows police services to effectively target criminals and to remove guns from our communities. The strategy helps increase community safety by involving citizens in efforts to rid Ontario neighbourhoods of gang activity and drug dealing.”

Robert Herman

Thunder Bay Police Service and President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

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