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City of Brampton welcomes Provincial funding for community safety and crime prevention


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE        
                                                                                                            
BRAMPTON, ON (January 24, 2020) – Today, the City of Brampton welcomed the Ontario government’s funding announcement of $20.5 million for Peel Regional Police to increase resources to strengthen community safety initiatives.
 
During the announcement, Mayor Patrick Brown, who sits on the Peel Police Services Board, spoke to the significance of this investment, which supports the Peel Regional Police’s Community Mobilization Program and Ontario’s Guns, Gangs and Violence Reduction Strategy.
 
The City of Brampton has consistently advocated for greater collaboration in building stronger and safer communities. At the 2019 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) Annual Conference, the Mayor-led City Delegation spoke directly with the Solicitor General about the greater need for collaboration, engagement and funding support among all levels of government to enable a holistic approach to community safety and well-being in the City of Brampton and across the Region of Peel. 
 
Today’s funding announcement also complements a number of partnerships in place that bolster Brampton’s community safety efforts, including: 
•       Peel Regional Police’s recent announcement to open a Downtown Brampton Substation to increase presence and improve care for people in the area
•       City of Brampton’s Lighthouse Program, which enables the community to seek refuge within the premises of participating faith-based organizations during times of community-wide emergencies
•       The City’s advocacy for installing CCTV cameras on 410 and 403 Highways to improve monitoring capabilities.

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“Gangs don’t respect postal codes. It is a GTA-wide problem. We can never underestimate the sophistication of criminal organizations who know full well which regions have more diminished response capabilities. I am grateful that Premier Ford and Solicitor General Jones have heard our call for guns and gang funding. This is an important tool that our police require to keep Brampton and Peel Region safe.”
-        Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton & Member, Peel Police Services Board 
 
"You can't build a great city without safe streets. The recent uptick in gun and gang activity needs to be stopped before it even gets started. That can only happen when all orders of government work together. This funding announcement will go a long way to giving the Peel Regional Police the resources they need to keep the people of Brampton safer."
-        Charmaine Williams, City Councillor & Chair, Brampton Community Safety Advisory Committee
 
“Creating the right environment to promote a healthy and safe city is at the heart of everything we do to advance this important Term of Council priority. Every step in the right direction to make our community safer will help boost confidence of residents, stakeholders and investors, and pave the way for long-term success and prosperity of our city.”
-        David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer
 

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MEDIA CONTACT
Natalie Stogdill
Senior Advisor, Public Relations, City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca