Laval police officers during 'an intervention involving gunshots.
Collaboration with several partners, including other police forces, parapolice organizations, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, as well as actors from the school and community sectors, contributes to the success of the strategy of the Laval police force, we add. .
In Laval as elsewhere, one of the striking data in the assessment of operations to combat violence army is the age of the arrested suspects. Urban gun violence is primarily a youth problem.
It’s a phenomenon that takes hold at a very young age. Two thirds of our suspects are between 17 and 21 years old, and that's why in terms of prevention we decided to be present in secondary schools, explains agent Rousselle.
Explaining that we are dealing with a very volatile phenomenon, the SPL is based on a 360-degree strategy which requires constant vigilance from police officers, but above all maintaining sustained pressure on individuals who traffic and supply these weapons to young people. Which is the key to the problem.
This is very good news, welcomes the mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer. Several times, over the last two years, I have had to intervene in terms of public security for events that are tragic, but this morning we are celebrating a great announcement, great news.
Questioned on ICI RDI, the mayor was happy to announce to his fellow citizens that the situation has returned to normal.
We saw in 2020 and 2021, at the end of the pandemic, in Laval as in Montreal and in many other Canadian and North American cities, an increase in events involving firearms, a- he recalled.
The mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer, is proud to see that his administration's efforts to combat gun violence are bearing fruit.
To In Laval, we hired more police officers, we ran prevention programs in schools and with community organizations as well. With Quebec, there was the CENTAURE program (New window) which led to better collaboration between police forces. Today we believe that all this is bearing fruit.
Obviously, we must not take everything for granted, it We must not rest on our laurels. We will continue to work hard, continue to make investments, promised Mayor Boyer.
The mayor de Laval made a notable outing last September during an announcement by the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, to denounce the inequity, according to him, of the sums devoted by Quebec to the fight against gun violence in his city compared to what Montreal receives.
Recalling that he heads the third largest city in Quebec in terms of population, he stressed to the minister that the The life of a Laval resident is not worth less than that of a Montrealer.