7 illegal guns seized by patrol cops in Mississauga and Brampton in 10 days
Published March 24, 2023 at 5:07 pm
Seven illegal guns were taken off the streets in Mississauga and Brampton by patrol cops in the first 10 days of March, the efforts going a long way toward fighting the fast-growing problem of illegal firearms across the region, police brass say.
When the hundreds of Peel Regional Police uniformed patrol officers who take to the streets every day aren’t responding to calls for service or 911 emergencies, they are “pro-actively patrolling” neighbourhoods, making traffic stops and “so much more,” Peel police Deputy Chief Marc Andrews said in a video posted to social media this afternoon (March 24).
“These actions have a tremendous impact on public safety and reducing criminal activity,” said Andrews, noting that in the first 10 days of March alone, patrol officers removed three illegal handguns from the streets through “pro-active enforcement” and another four illegal firearms were seized as a result of investigations initiated by the front-line officers.
“The dedicated work of our front-line patrol officers continues to combat gun violence in our community and has resulted in multiple crime guns being seized this month.”
Andrews added that front-line cops are committed to community safety and the work they do daily is “important and, at times, dangerous.”
Illegal guns continue to be a huge problem for cops in Peel, across the GTA and the country, with the majority of the illegal weapons coming into Canada from the United States.
Mississauga saw several shootings earlier this week, including the city’s first two murders of 2023.
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Everyday, hundreds of front line Patrol Officers @PeelPolice are out engaging w/ the community, keeping our region safe. Through proactive policing, our officers have removed a number of illegal firearms from our streets this month. @DeputyAndrews highlights their great work. pic.twitter.com/2hAfCOGZ2I
— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPolice) March 24, 2023