Extensive police operation against armed violence in Laval

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Vaste police operation against armed violence in Laval

The operation mobilized 150 agents and officers from various police forces.

A major police operation has been underway since Wednesday morning in Laval against firearm violence.

The operation mobilized 150 Laval police officers from the Sûreté du Québec, the Montreal Police Service and the Saint-Jérôme de Deux-Montagnes police officers.

They intervened early Thursday to carry out a dozen searches and neutralize suspects who were allegedly involved in events of gun violence, but also for drug trafficking.

According to the Laval police, the suspects are also involved in organized crime.

Several incidents involving the use of firearms have occurred over the past year on Laval territory.

Less than two weeks ago, a shooting near Montmorency College caused a confinement of staff and students. She was linked to a street gang, according to Laval Police Service Chief Pierre Brochet.

Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer recently spoke with the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, to ask him for financial support from the Government of Quebec so that the Laval police have the necessary tools to break the wave of crime.

The City is planning the construction of a new police station worth some $60 million in the heart of Chomedey, the most criminal neighborhood in Laval, according to Mayor Boyer.

With information from Karine Bastien and La Press Canadian

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