Protecting Toronto From Guns And Gangs
McGuinty Government Backs Successful Anti-Violence Strategy
Ontario is protecting Toronto streets and keeping them safe by partnering with the Toronto Police Service (TPS) to keep fighting guns and gang violence.
The McGuinty government is extending the duration of the successful Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), investing $10 million in the program over the next two years. TAVIS officers have already arrested more than 19,000 individuals suspected of criminal activities related to guns and gangs and taken 1,210 firearms off the streets. TAVIS operates special units and programs that target guns and gangs, such as:
- A program that helps build partnerships between the community and police and offers at-risk youth alternative to guns and gangs such as recreational activities.
- Units that disrupt the local drug trade and associated violent crime and identify gun offenders and gang members in the community.
- Rapid Response Teams that help prevent gun crime by patrolling key neighbourhoods and arresting suspected drug dealers and gang members.
- Established in 2006 by the Toronto Police Service, TAVIS helps to reduce illegal gang, drugs and weapons activities in communities by focusing on intervention, enforcement and community mobilization.
- Since 2003, Ontario has put over 2,000 more police officers on Ontario streets and established a first-of-its-kind, Guns and Gangs Strategy which enables criminal and justice systems to work collaboratively to rid Ontario's streets of guns and gangs.
- Since 2003, the overall crime rate in Ontario has declined 17 per cent, including an 11 per cent reduction in violent crime.
“The McGuinty government is helping police in Toronto to make families safer in their own neighbourhoods by taking guns, drugs and gangsters off the streets.”
“TAVIS officers play a valuable role in keeping our communities safe. The balance of police enforcement with community mobilization has resulted in very successful changes for Toronto's neighbourhoods. The Toronto Police Service is grateful for the government's support.”
Chief William Blair