Provincial funding for community safety, crime prevention

The Ontario government’s funding announcement of $20.5 million for Peel Regional Police to increase resources to strengthen community safety initiatives was well received by area mayors, Peel Region Chair Nando Iannicca, and Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

During the announcement, Mayor Patrick Brown, who sits on the Peel Police Services Board, spoke to the significance of this investment, which supports the Peel Regional Police’s Community Mobilization Program and Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy.

At the 2019 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Annual Conference, the Mayor-led City Delegation spoke directly with the Solicitor General about the greater need for collaboration, engagement and funding support among all levels of government to enable a holistic approach to community safety and well-being in the City of Brampton and across the Region of Peel.

Today’s funding announcement also complements a number of partnerships in place that bolster Brampton’s community safety efforts, including:
• Peel Regional Police’s recent announcement to open a Downtown Brampton Substation to increase presence and improve care for people in the area
• City of Brampton’s Lighthouse Program, which enables the community to seek refuge within the premises of participating faith-based organizations during times of community-wide emergencies
• The city’s advocacy for installing CCTV cameras on 410 and 403 Highways to improve monitoring capabilities

“Gangs don’t respect postal codes,” said Patrick Brown. “It is a GTA-wide problem. We can never underestimate the sophistication of criminal organizations who know full well which regions have more diminished response capabilities. I am grateful that Premier Ford and Solicitor General Jones have heard our call for guns and gang funding. This is an important tool that our police require to keep Brampton and Peel Region safe.”

Photo (L-R): Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Peel Region Chair Nando Iannicca, Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah, Premier Doug Ford, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, and Attorney General Douglas Downey.

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