Blais Calls For What Crime Prevention Ottawa Should Offer

- July 27th, 2012

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais wants the city to have a crime prevention strategy on guns in Ottawa.

Says Blais: “Presently, there is no single strategy from which city programs, not for profit organizations and the Ottawa Police Service are working.  Moreover, there is no group responsible for implementing the strategy or measuring its effectiveness.”

I don’t know if the debate will go down this road, but Blais would be absolutely aware the city has an organization designed to do exactly what he’s proposing: Crime Prevention Ottawa.

Which, then, will likely cause people to question why CPO isn’t dipping into the guns issue.

CPO has struggled with how it should use its advocacy resources — so much so that it recently hired a consultant to help figure out, in part, how it could raise its profile.

Full disclosure here: I agreed to be interviewed by the consultant June 20 to get my opinion, since I try to keep tabs on what CPO is up to.

What I told the consultant was CPO needs to jump on issues du jour. Today’s issue is gun crime.

CPO has done some great work cleaning up Vanier and speaking out against sexual assault. Recently it held an event where hospital officials released data on violence and trauma.

However, there’s this feeling the organization isn’t nimble enough to respond to an emerging narrative.

We’ll check in with Stittsville Coun. Shad Qadri today to see what he thinks about all this, particularly Blais’ statements. Qadri is the chairman of CPO.

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  1. Roger says:

    Why is it when residents say something they are ignored but when city councillors open their mouths they are published in the Ottawa Sun. Ottawa Chief Bordeleau is looking for solution to rising gun crimes. Ottawa’s police chief is considering asking for tougher gun laws after another gang-related shooting like Wednesday / Friday nights. His police drug and gangs unit should be exercising search warrants on all these gangs residences and confiscate all their guns – drugs etc. if they know who they are. Charge them to the extent of the crimminal law – then we all would be living more peaceful. Another, to have them give up their guns in an amnesty to the police in a specified location like in 2008. No questions asked. But this Police Chief and his officers think educating them has nothing to it by the media. Even vehicles not using of signal lights at all city intersections which is against the Highway Traffic Act. Even the police and city buses not doing it. That is a start Chief Bordeleau.

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