Ottawa City Council has approved a request to hire ten new officers for the city's Guns and Gangs Unit.
The request to hire new officers comes as Ottawa deals with an increase in shootings and violence.
"We'd love for you to give us another thousand police officers if you'd like, and we can have one police officer on every corner, can that stop the crime in our city?" asked Police Services Board Chair, Councillor Eli El-Chantiry.
He answered his own question, stating "I can assure you not, because crime is happening in the bathroom, in restaurants, in different areas which we've never heard of before."
.@KeithEgli states dumping money into the Guns and Gangs Unit isn't "the completer solution," and Ottawa needs to get back to community policing. Egli says he'll support the motion because #Ottawa needs more cops, but says he's nervous how the new cops will be deployed. #ottnews— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) June 27, 2018
Mayor Jim Watson announced the plan to hire ten additional officers on June 13, stating he and Police Services Board Chair Eli El-Chantiry worked closely on the motion.
"(The gang exit strategy) includes enforcement, but it also includes helping people get out of the gang system, work with the John Howard Society, working with Crime Prevention Ottawa, so it has to be a multifaceted approach," says Mayor Jim Watson.
He added, "we don't have extra dollars, what we did was we found the dollars for the immediate need which is to supplement the guns and gangs group."
Ottawa Police Chief, Charles Bordeleau, has previously stated the new officers would be experienced cops, not new recruits.
Council discussing hiring 10 new police officers to battle gun violence. @JimWatsonOttawa states cops have taken 24 guns off streets this year. If the motion is carried, the new officers will be in action by October 2018. #ottnews Background: https://t.co/0ip2uJJnz5— Saif Kaisar (@StaySaif) June 27, 2018
The officers will be deployed to the guns and gangs unit by October.