New investments to help end gun and gang violence in Canada
“Criminal gun and gang violence is a grave threat to the safety and prosperity of our communities. Giving law enforcement the resources they need to stop it is a critical part of the solution. Today’s announcement will allow the RCMP and CBSA to take significant steps forward in the fight against gun and gang violence.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“Gun and gang violence has no place in Canada. Tackling illegal trafficking of firearms is an important first step in eradicating gun and gang violence. Our frontline law enforcement officers in the CBSA and RCMP do extraordinary work. We heard directly from law enforcement that this funding will help intercept and stop the flow of illegal firearms as well as gather greater intelligence on gangs that will be used to disrupt their movements and activities. We know if our officers have the tools they need, they will keep us safe.”
- The Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
This funding will be provided as part of the broader Initiative to Take Action Against Gun and Gang Violence (ITAAGGV) announced by Minister Goodale in November 2017.
It will increase law enforcement support, intelligence-sharing and interdicting smuggled firearms. In 2017, the Canada Border Services Agency had 467 seizures of firearms, which was an increase of nearly 19 per cent from the overall number of firearms seized in 2016 (CBSA Seizures by Calendar Year – 2017).
In 2017, the rate of violent firearm offences increased for the third year in a row to 2,734, an increase of 7 per cent over the previous year (Source).
Public Safety Canada will work closely with Statistics Canada to improve data collection on gang-related criminal incidents.
Senior Advisor for Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Office of the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction
Public Safety Canada
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