Funding for DRPS to fight guns and gangs Print

Durham cops are getting some help in their battle to clear the streets of Oshawa, Whitby and other communities of guns and gangs.

Durham Regional Police Service is one of 17 municipal and First Nations police services to receive additional funding from the Ontario Government to combat guns and gangs. The funds are part of $15 million committed over the next two years to the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS). Part of the funding increase will be used to deploy specialized guns and gangs rapid response teams.

“These monies will be put to great use to help combat gun and gang activity in our Region, “says Durham Regional Police Chief Mike Ewles. “It will enable our officers to advance investigations and help create safer communities throughout Ontario.”

Since 2007, PAVIS initiatives have led to more than 1,100 arrests, 2,000 criminal charges laid and the removal of 200 illegal firearms in communities across the province.