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Motion to hire more police officers goes before council Wednesday

The request comes as Ottawa deals with an increase in shootings and violence.
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Ottawa police badge and cruiser. (Photo/ The Ottawa Police Service)

Mayor Jim Watson has announced plans to get more police officers on the streets to tackle gun violence.

A motion by Watson and Police Services Board Chair Eli-El Chantiry will go before council Wednesday, to have 10 additional officers hired by October.

The request comes as Ottawa deals with an increase in shootings and violence.

"We know that the chief will be coming back with a request for more officers in the New Year and we can't pre-commit funds for a new year because, obviously, there will be a new council this December," Watson told 1310 NEWS. "So, this is the dollars that we had, that we could properly fund ten officers and this is the number the chief was comfortable with."

If approved, the newly hired officers would be dedicated to dealing with gun crime.

"We know that there is an increase in gun violence and that's something that has been a preoccupation of ours to deal with," Watson said. "When people don't feel safe in their neighbourhoods, that's not a good thing for anyone."




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