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Safer Streets for York Region Families

McGuinty Government Boosts Support to Reduce Violent Crime

The McGuinty government is giving the York Regional Police more resources to fight violent crime in York Region. 

Beginning this year, the York Regional Police Service will receive over $1.4 million in Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS) funding, an increase of 41 per cent, to deploy rapid response teams that specialize in guns and gangs.

Since 2007, the police and the Government of Ontario have worked to together to deliver the PAVIS program, which is successfully rooting out gangs and taking guns off the street in the Region of York.

PAVIS has already contributed to several local success stories in York Region, including:

  • The removal of gang graffiti from four areas in York Region as a result of police and the community working together during nine “clean up days” since 2008.
  • A decline in the number of youth arrested for gang-related activity from 27 in 2008 to 6 in 2010.
  • A decline in the number of violent crimes committed on school property in York Region from 401 in 2008 to 211 in 2010.

Overall, York Region has seen a 27% decline in its crime rate since 2003, including a 19% decline in violent crime.

Preventing crime and promoting safety are part of the Open Ontario Plan to provide safe communities for Ontario families.

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“Rooting out gangs from Ontario neighbourhoods, taking guns off our streets and giving young Ontarians opportunities for a better, more productive future, all help reduce future criminal activity and make our communities safer.”
~ Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak Ridges-Markham

“This substantial funding will further support the strong dedication of the York Regional Police force to youth and community-based policing. By looking beyond traditional policing strategies, they enhance their role in the community and forge important and lasting partnerships to keep us safe and secure.”
~ Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

"This additional funding for the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS) will enable the York Regional Police to continue strategically managing violent crime in our community. Our government is committed to introducing innovative programs to ensure our children's only focus is on building for their future in a safe and healthy environment."
~ Reza Moridi, MPP Richmond Hill

“The Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy is a comprehensive approach that integrates multiple aspects of crime prevention from enforcement, community outreach, and education. With it York Region Police have achieved measurable improvements in community safety; the Ontario Government is pleased. to continue funding for an additional two years.”
~ Greg Sorbara, MPP

“We believe that prevention leads to suppression of gang activity and we have been
successful with our innovative programs to engage and educate youth in York Region.
PAVIS funding supports these initiatives and our strategic enforcement of gang activity.  It’s one of the reasons our region is one of the safest in Canada.”
~ Eric Jolliffe, Chief, York Regional Police

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For more information contact:
Kristina Brugger
(905) 294-4931

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