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Heavy police presence expected in ByWard Market, downtown and Vanier areas this long weekend

Police are also counting on members of the public to call in any suspicious activity.
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Ottawa Police Service vehicle, February 28, 2018. (Photo/ Mike Vlasveld)

The Ottawa Police Service is continuing its community safety initiatives to reduce incidents of crime and public disorder in the ByWard Market, Downtown Rideau and Vanier areas, over the Victoria Day weekend.

"Our safety initiatives have a zero tolerance approach to disorderly behaviour, such as Liquor Licence Act offences, criminal activity and aggressive panhandling that negatively impacts residents, visitors and businesses," said OPS Frontline Superintendent Mark Ford.

Frontline officers and Community Police Officers will be joined by partners such as Ottawa Bylaw, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) and OC Transpo as part of these enforcement initiatives.

Traffic officers will also take part with RIDEs and traffic safety blitzes during the May long weekend.

The OPS is reminding the public of the important role everyone can play in their neighbourhood's safety -- "If you see a crime, report it." You can do so online, by calling the non-emergency number 613-236-1222, extension 7300, or by dialling 911 in the case of an emergency or a crime in progress.

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