Police cracking down on gang-related incidents and homicides in Peel

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Police say they will begin cracking down on the recent number of homicides and gang violence incidents in Peel with an increase in police resources and manpower.

The statement comes from Peel Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah, who acknowleged that there have recently been numerous high-profile incidents in several Peel neighbourhoods and on major roadways, with the common theme being gang disputes.

“Our Homicide and Missing Persons Bureau have added additional resources and we now have 80 investigators working tirelessly around the clock to provide the victimized families and the community with the results that they deserve,” Duraiappah said in a statement on Friday.

“I want to assure our residents that Peel Region will remain a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Since the beginning of September, police say they’ve seized three illegal firearms, 19 additional firearms after being turned in by the public, and 67 imitation firearms that were used in criminal offences.

The police chief says officers have done a remarkable job getting guns off the streets, and credits strong community partnerships with helping keep the communtiy safe.

"I speak for everyone at Peel Regional Police when I say we take these shootings seriously and there’s a heightened sense of urgency and care when it comes to stopping the gun violence in Peel Region," said Duraiappah.

“I am confident that we will see resolve to these complex investigations."

Photo courtesy of Peel Regional Police

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