Federal funding for Ottawa Police to expand violent extremism intervention program
“The Government of Canada is proud to support the work of the Ottawa Police Service in addressing radicalization to violence. Effective prevention is possible through collaboration and providing the necessary services to redirect vulnerable populations away from dangerous paths. Ottawa MERIT will allow police to work with the community at large to build resiliency against radicalization and make our city safer.”
- Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
“The funding provided to our Service through the Community Resilience Fund will support the collaborative risk approach of Ottawa MERIT to support prevention work targeted to those at risk of radicalization to violent extremism with our community partners. This funding will support the development of a city-wide strategy for preventing and countering radicalization, and speak to the needs expressed in many of our communities to create effective tools that will support partner agencies to triage, assess, support and refer individuals at risk.”
- Joan McKenna, Acting Deputy Chief, Ottawa Police Service
The Community Resilience Fund had $2.4 million in funds for existing and new projects in 2017-2018 and $4.4 million in 2018-19. For 2019-20 and beyond, this fund will have $7 million available each year for existing and new projects.
An “intervention table,” also known as a “situation table,” is a regular meeting between law enforcement and practitioners who work together to review cases of at-risk individuals and coordinate interventions.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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