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Feds announce $1.8 million in funding to fight gun, gang violence in Newfoundland and Labrador

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 10:52 AM | By John Chunn

Bill Blair, federal minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, on Aug. 2 announced more than $1.8 million in funding over five years to support the Guns and Gang Violence Action Fund-Newfoundland and Labrador.

According to Public Safety Canada’s press release, Newfoundland and Labrador will incorporate a collaborative and holistic approach to addressing gun and gang violence by supporting law enforcement and criminal prosecutions; facilitating new partnerships with community agencies; and offering additional professional development and education for personnel. This work will also build capacity within communities and develop informed initiatives in response to gun and gang violence.

“The effects of gun and gang violence are felt all across Canada, in communities large and small,” said Blair, the former Toronto Police Service chief. “Providing this funding to Newfoundland and Labrador gives the province the ability to build strategies to combat gun and gang violence that are based on the needs of local communities, their young people and local law enforcement. We want to give youth across Canada the resiliency to avoid joining gangs, and the opportunity to achieve future success.”

“The safety and well-being of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians is extremely important and we continue to work to ensure this province is a safe one in which to live and raise a family. Combating serious and organized crime are ongoing priorities for our policing agencies and this agreement will allow officers to be better positioned to target offenders. This funding will also allow us to focus our efforts on the prevention of gun and gang violence by concentrating on the root causes,” said Minister of Justice and Public Safety Andrew Parsons.