McGuinty Government To Add 1,000 New Police Officers
Plan To Make Ontarians Safer Includes Targeting Marijuana Grow-Ops And Internet Luring
TORONTO -- The government will add 1,000 new police officers as part of its plan to make Ontarians safer, help build stronger communities and create a stronger province, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"We live in a safe society -- overall crime rates across Canada are declining," said Premier McGuinty. "But just because crime rates are lower, that doesn't mean we can be complacent. We need to be vigilant and determined in keeping our communities safe."
Premier McGuinty outlined his government's plan at a conference of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. The plan targets the following six areas:
- Youth crime -- by investing in prevention and focusing on keeping young people from re-offending
- Dangerous offenders -- by lobbying Ottawa to strengthen dangerous offender laws
- Guns and gangs -- by ensuring police and Crown attorneys work together and by requiring hospitals to report gunshot wounds
- Organized crime, particularly marijuana grow-ops -- by introducing stronger laws and giving police the resources they need
- Domestic violence -- by strengthening protection for the victims and providing better training to help police and Crown attorneys better assess risk when dealing with abusive situations
- Protecting children from Internet luring and child pornography -- by working with police forces to develop a provincewide strategy to protect kids.
Premier McGuinty praised Ontario's police forces as the cornerstones of community safety and said his government's commitment to invest in 1,000 new officers is the best way to build strong communities.
"Our plan is tough on crime and tough on the causes of crime," said Premier McGuinty. "That means we're stepping up the fight against the most serious violent crime. It means working harder to rehabilitate minor offenders. And it means keeping our youth out of the criminal justice system in the first place."
"We can make our communities safer and stronger," said Premier McGuinty. "And when our communities are stronger, our province is stronger. That means our children and grandchildren can live in an Ontario with a quality of life that is second to none."