By Lucy Scholey
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau speaks to reporters about the recent shootings on Monday evening, while Mayor Jim Watson looks on. The city saw a record 49 shootings in 2014.
After a record number of gang-related shootings last year, Ottawa is looking at ways to keep gang members from returning to crime after leaving jail.
“There is a gap in dealing with the young male adult coming out of jail or being arrested by the police service,” said Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau on Monday after meeting with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, MPP Yasir Naqvi and OPS board chair Eli El-Chantiry in the wake of shootings in recent weeks. “There are no services there… to support them in trying to get out of the gang.”
Drug turf wars, property disputes, lack of gang leadership due to recent arrests and even fights over girlfriends have been the cause of the shootings in recent weeks, said Bordeleau, noting they are all targeted.
The city has asked staff to review programs on how to dissuade young people from joining gangs and keep existing members from returning to crime after spending time in jail. Currently, the police “engage with” those who have been arrested or victims of gang-related shootings on exit strategies. An “intimidation factor” makes it tough for gang members to get out, said Bordeleau.
Apart from the exit strategies, Bordeleau is confident the Ottawa Police Service’s actions to date – including redeploying resources from other units to its Guns & Gangs division and heavier street patrols – will help address gang violence. He lauded the police efforts at identifying the shooting suspect in the Boxing Day shooting at Tanger Outlet Mall.
Last year’s record of 49 shootings is just a “one-year spike” and not a trend, said Bordeleau and Watson.
“There are going to be no words that are going to be able to comfort those people in the communities that have seen gun violence on their street or in their parks or outside of school, but we can do our best to … (give people) peace of mind that we are committed to working in a holistic solution,” said Watson.
Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre
Charles Bordeleau makes me want to puke.
The Ottawa Police Chief is a master at Propaganda that is a thin white-wash on what is a publicity stunt to divert attention from the Criminal Nature of the Ottawa Police.
The Ottawa Police spends 75% of its 400 Million dollar budget on its "Gender Superiority Program" given the name "Partner Assault".
This is a group of Domestic Terrorists who most of the time, Arrest and Charge Male Victims of Domestic Violence because its "heresy", "politically incorrect", and how dare any man ever ever call the police and allege he was the victim of Domestic Violence.
The Ottawa Police habitually Fabricate Evidence and Obstruct Justice as part of Ontario's Fascist Program of "Gender Superiority" that has resulted in 99% of custody cases of children being placed in the care of mothers.
One of the worst of the Rotten Cops is Detective Peter Van Der Zander who personally fabricates evidence NOT to charge violent women and not only incarcerates male victims of domestic violence but removes children from full time fathers and gives them to women who he knows are the most violent in Ontario.
Ottawa Police Supervisors Staff. Sgt. Isobel Granger and Sgt. Norm Friel turn deliberate blind eyes to Criminal offences by Det. Peter Van Der Zander as does the Police Chief of Ottawa who will end up having to resign in disgrace.
When you see Black Shirted Ottawa Police, remember that Hitler only took his rage out on the entire Jewish race, and not 50% of its own population.
Our Police Chief would make Her Gobels proud.
Ottawa Mens Centre
Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau turns a deliberate blind eye to Criminal
Offences by their associates in Crime.