Ottawa Citizen

Services team up to focus on youth disturbanc­es

- BY NECO COCKBURN

In response to a seasonal increase in the number of youth disturbanc­e complaints, Ottawa police, bylaw and City of Ottawa officials have announced they are working together to manage the flow of informatio­n between their agencies.

Neighbourh­ood officers will work with bylaw officials and regulatory services and corporate security staff in order to respond mainly to complaints involving alleged criminal activity, disorder and threats to public safety, police said yesterday.

Police said improved tracking of calls for service and enhanced informatio­n sharing will help them monitor and respond to problem areas, noting that 3-1-1 calls about alleged incidents will be forwarded to them.

Officers will also increase bicycle patrols in parks during summer months, police said.

Meanwhile, bylaw officers will patrol parks and enforce noise complaints, restricted access to parks between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and other bylaws, police said.

Youth outreach workers will visit parks between late June and the end of August to work with youth and help police and bylaw officers to identify problem areas, according to police.

Officers will also hold parents accountabl­e for their children’s actions through the enforcemen­t of curfew and restitutio­n for damage caused by youth, police said.

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