The Ottawa Police says it will be launching its fifth Neighbourhood Resource Team, which will be implemented in the Bayshore area on August 17.
The NRT was originally scheduled to launch in the Fall, but consider the recent shooting in the area, it will be rolled out sooner.
“We have had great success with the program so far in other neighbourhoods in Ottawa and we are hoping that by focusing our resources in Bayshore it will help to reduce a recent uptick in street violence in the area,” acting Deputy Chief Jamies Dunlop said.
The first NRTs were launched in October 2019, and included frontline officers, community police officers, school resource officers and traffic services officers.
“Our goal is to work with the community to develop a plan that fits each specific neighbourhood,” added Dunlop. “Our NRT officers receive specialized training, including cultural and bias neutral courses, to help them better-serve, understand and protect each impacted community.”
This move, however, can be beneficial for the long term, Bay ward councillor Theresa Kavanagh said.
“The longterm is having the community policing right there, where they start to get to know the community and they can deal with (incidents) much quicker,” she said.