Scheer prom­ises more fund­ing for po­lice forces to com­bat gun and gang vi­o­lence

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will cost-share new anti-gang law en­force­ment ini­tia­tives with prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries.

2. Cre­ate a Po­lice In­fra­struc­ture Grant pro­gram

There are more than 70 mu­nic­i­pal polic­ing agen­cies in Canada. Of­ten, these forces have much less pur­chas­ing power than larger agen­cies like the RCMP. This is par­tic­u­larly true in ru­ral and sub­ur­ban ar­eas, as well as some smaller ur­ban cen­tres. These agen­cies can­not al­ways pur­chase new equip­ment to com­bat gun and gang vi­o­lence and keep of­fi­cers and the whole com­mu­nity safe. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will cre­ate a grant for these agen­cies to buy new equip­ment.

3. Bet­ter in­for­ma­tion shar­ing to solve gun crimes

Po­lice agen­cies in Canada op­er­ate un­der a patch­work of rules and pro­ce­dures when it comes to track­ing in­for­ma­tion on guns used in crime. This leads to gaps in shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and in­tel­li­gence that could help to solve crimes. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will make sure that in­for­ma­tion on guns found at crime scenes is given to the right au­thor­i­ties.

4. Stronger back­ground checks for gun li­cences

A re­cent au­dit of firearms li­cens­ing shows that there are lengthy delays both in is­su­ing li­cences to law-abid­ing gun owners and in in­ves­ti­gat­ing risks to the pub­lic. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will en­sure that the Cana­dian Firearms Pro­gram has what it needs to con­duct rig­or­ous and ef­fec­tive back­ground checks.

5. More sup­port to keep young peo­ple from join­ing gangs

Putting gang crim­i­nals be­hind bars is im­por­tant – but Con­ser­va­tives want to stop young peo­ple from join­ing gangs in the first place. That is why Con­ser­va­tives cre­ated the Youth Gang Preven­tion Fund in 2006 and made it per­ma­nent in 2011. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will in­crease the funds avail­able for the Youth Gang Preven­tion Fund by 25% to en­sure con­tin­ued sup­port for coun­selling, skills de­vel­op­ment, and other im­por­tant pro­grams.

6. Mak­ing prison time mean­ing­ful

Our prison sys­tem spends $60 mil­lion each and ev­ery year on jobs and skills train­ing for pris­on­ers. How­ever, the gov­ern­ment does not mea­sure how ef­fec­tive these pro­gram are. A Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment led by An­drew Scheer will con­duct an au­dit of all cor­rec­tional ser­vices pro­grams to make sure in­mates are ready to re­join so­ci­ety upon their re­lease.

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