We have a problem in one of our immigrant communities....all the task forces you want on guns won't help a hoot.
Toronto's anti-guns and gangs unit will be beefed up with more police officers and prosecutors, announced government and police officials Tuesday in the wake of several brazen shootings in the city in recent days.Our political correctness is making us blind to the problem.
Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair said officers from suburban areas around Toronto, including York, Peel and Durham regions, will be added to the squad.
Ontario's Attorney General Michael Bryant said the province is helping to tackle the gun problem by expanding the task force by 26 senior police and 32 additional prosecutors.
Bryant and Blair both called for mandatory minimum sentences for all crimes involving guns, and said it must be harsher and include real jail time -- not just fines and time served.
The plan calls for the same Crown attorney to stay with investigators throughout complex cases, which often have multiple accused and lawyers. The attorneys will also assist police with wiretaps, evidence, subpoenas, and paperwork.