Police insist gang strategy is working despite recent shootings

Ottawa Police are insisting despite three gang-related shootings in less than a month, the city's gang strategy is actually working.

The strategy, which was introduced last year, calls for not only police enforcement, but for community education and engagement.

Deputy Police Chief Jill Skinner told CFRA despite the fact the three unrelated gang shootings took place in a cluster, there hasn't actually been any increase in gang-related shootings.

"Although these are concerning events, it's following the same numbers as it has for the last three years," she said. "We haven't seen a spike in events."

She said what they have seen is members of communities like Herongate ready to respond.

"We get e-mails and phone calls now from members of those communities to say 'we really do want to be part of the response to this,'" she said. "The cohesion that that community needs ... even just planting flowers, etc. Those kinds of things that just has that community - gives them an identity to take things forward."

She said another key part of the strategy that has been making an impact is intervention - teaching kids in schools and community centres about the draw backs of joining gangs.

The three shootings took place in the ByWard Market, on Horsdal Private and in an undisclosed location. The suspect wanted in the Crips-related Horsdal Private shooting surrendered himself to police Tuesday.

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