Our ward now has a violent crime rate that’s 3.5 times higher than anywhere else in the city. We can’t afford to double down on my opponent’s approach for another 4 years. During my time as a Member of the Ottawa Police Community Advisory Group, I built a good relationship with our police force and I believe it will serve as a key asset once on council.
- More foot patrols and beat cops for areas in need
- Focus on progressive policing approaches that foster trust and inclusion
- Emphasize community policing and hold more events where the police and public can interact socially
- Work to eliminate racial discrimination
- Develop a pilot program to reduce aggressive panhandling such as what Winnipeg implemented
- Push to increase the diversity of our police force so it reflects our community
- Empower our community: hire community organizers to do outreach on the streets and develop supports for high-risk persons
- Crime prevention through environmental design, such as improved street lighting
- Eliminate open-air drug use in Ward 12 — See my plan to reduce the impact of hard drugs on our community here
- Make better use of our community centres: Collaborate with local groups to develop innovative crime prevention programs for youth, the homeless and at-risk individuals
- Address the relationship between police and those with mental health conditions and advocate for better training
- Work with police to allocate more resources to address street harassment and gender-based violence
- Support hiring more women in the police force: women currently make up only 23% of police officers in Ottawa
- More LGBT+ focused safety and crime prevention initiatives and push for a city-wide anti-discrimination campaign
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