6:30 p.m., March 15)
Police chief asks for public's help in combating violent
By Fred Sherwin
O rléans Online
Police Chief Charles Bordeleau is asking Ottawa
residents to help the police service combat
violent crime. File photo
light of the recent homicides on Jasmine Crescent and
other Ottawa neighbourhoods, Ottawa Police Chief Charles
Bordeleau has written an open letter to the residents
of Ottawa asking for their cooperation and support in
preventing what he describes as senseless and preventable
solution to addressing and preventing this violence must
include police, community groups, individual community
members and the friends and loved ones of those involved,
is why I am calling upon our community partners to work
with us to find longer-term solutions to the escalation
we are seeing."
police chiefs letter was released to the media just
days after Nooredin Hassan, 20, was gunned down on Jasmine
Crescent, becoming the citys fifth homicide of 2016.
It was also the second shooting in the east end neighbourhood
in the last three months and third homicide in less than
a year, sparking outrage from are residents and the local
Saturday, Beacon Hill, Cyrville Coun. Tim Tierney lead
a march along the street.
purpose of the march, which was attended by about 40 people,
was to send a message to the residents of Jasmine Crescent
that they are not alone. They also wanted to send the
message that the best way to fight crime is through community
the same message that Chief Bordeleau is voicing through
his open letter.
the groups he sees as being part of the solution are Crime
Prevention Ottawa, the Coalition of Community and Health
Resource Centres, the Youth Services Bureau, the John
Howard Society and the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services
the best way to reduce crime is through individual engagement,
solution must also involve those who know that their friends,
sons, brothers or loved ones are armed and involved in
crime. We need to hear from them so that we can keep everyone
safe, says the police chief who points to a successful
program in Halifax for inspiration.
Halifax takes a community approach to eliminating violence,
and in particular gun violence, by directly targeting
individuals who run a high risk of becoming, or are currently
involved in violent activity, through the use of violence
interuptors who are from the communities in which
also uses a team of outreach workers that is focused on
longer-term solutions to help guide high risks individuals
away from a life of crime.
the four areas of Halifax where Ceasefire does most of
its work, shootings have dropped from 11 in 2010 to just
four last year.
does not indicate in his open letter whether he would
like to launch a similar program in Ottawa, only that
the community should draw inspiration from its success.
for the Ottawa Police Services response to the most
recent homicide on Jasmine Crescent, Borde-leau says the
OPS will continue to invest time and resources in crime
work by police has doubled, community and school resource
officers have increased their activity and engagement
also introduced Crime Stoppers to the residents and conducted
safety audits. We continue with stepped up patrols and
are meeting with residents to talk about how to galvanize
and strengthen the community."
also points to the success theyve had in reducing
violent crime in areas like Banff-Ledbury and Vanier as
proof that community engagement, a willingness on the
part of residents for change, and a strengthened relationship
of trust with the police can work.
is a safe city because our community and police work to-gether,
Bordeleau concludes in his letter, but we are challenged
by these recent incidents of violence. Through community
action, it is a challenge that we will meet together."
full text of Chief Bordelleaus letter can be found
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