An influx of federal funding aims to fight extremism at its source.
Ottawa Police will receive $1 million over the next four years to assess local needs, train frontline practitioners and law enforcement representatives, as well as build awareness in the community about preventing and countering radicalization to violence.
"The funding provided to our Service through the Community Resilience Fund will support the collaborative risk approach of Ottawa MERIT to support prevention work targeted to those at risk of radicalization to violent extremism with our community partners," said Joan McKenna, Acting Deputy Chief, Ottawa Police Service, in a written statement. "This funding will support the development of a city-wide strategy for preventing and countering radicalization, and speak to the needs expressed in many of our communities to create effective tools that will support partner agencies to triage, assess, support and refer individuals at risk."
The money comes from the federal government's Community Resilience Fund, which funds similar violence prevention and intervention programs across the country.