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Retro marked the number of shootings in Laval in 2023

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The number of events involving a firearm has been four times lower in Laval in 2023 than in 2021.

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The Laval City Police Service (SPL) reports in 2023 half as many events involving the discharge of a firearm on its territory as the previous year and almost four times fewer than in 2021. /p>

In 2019, unfortunately, we saw the phenomenon [of armed violence] take hold in Laval. It should be remembered that we are the third largest city in Quebec in terms of size. We are also the second host country for immigration, so we have experienced challenges that are similar to those of the mainland, all things considered, explains Jean-François Rousselle, deputy director of the criminal investigations section of the SPL.

Armed violence, particularly among young people, then continued to increase, reaching a peak in 2021 with 43 shootings reported in the Laval region .

Thanks to the efforts made by the Laval police and its partners as part of the Paradox project, the police force claims to have succeeded in reducing the number of shootings on its territory to 13 in 2023 compared to 24 in 2022 and 43 in 2021.

At least 57 weapons have been seized and 30 individuals arrested in 2023 as part of Project Paradox.

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We are humble and prudent, but we are able to tell you today that we have reduced the number of shootings by almost four times in 2023.

A quote from Jean-François Rousselle, deputy director of the criminal investigations section of the SPL

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This radical drop in events involving firearms is, according to the SPL, the direct result of the efforts that have been made in recent years in Laval to combat violence army.

We are talking here about an increase in patrol time and police visibility operations in public places as well as in licensed establishments. The contribution of the intelligence services was also very valuable in allowing investigators to intervene in the right places at the right time, explains the SPL.

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Laval police officers during an intervention involving gunshots.

Collaboration with several partners, including other police forces, parapolice organizations, the Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions, as well as actors from the school and community sectors, contribute to the success of the strategy of the Laval police force, we add.

In Laval as elsewhere, one of the data that stands out in the assessment of operations to combat armed violence is the age of the suspects arrested. Urban gun violence is primarily a youth problem.

It’s a phenomenon that takes hold at a very young age. Two thirds of our suspects are between 17 and 21 years old, and that's why in terms of prevention we decided to be present in secondary schools, explains agent Rousselle.

Explaining that it is dealing with a very volatile phenomenon, the SPL relies on a 360-degree strategy which requires constant vigilance from the police, but above all the maintenance of sustained pressure on individuals who traffic and supply these weapons to young people. Which is the key to the problem.

This is very good news, says the mayor of Laval, Stéphane Boyer. Several times, I have had to intervene over the last two years in terms of public safety for events that are tragic, but this morning we are celebrating a great announcement, great news.

Interviewed on ICI RDI, the mayor was happy to announce to his fellow citizens that the situation has returned to normal.

We saw in 2020 and 2021, at the end of the pandemic, in Laval as in Montreal and in many other Canadian and North American cities, an increase in events involving firearms, he recalled.

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Laval Mayor Stéphane Boyer is proud to see that his administration's efforts to combat gun violence are bearing fruit.

In Laval, we hired more police officers, we ran prevention programs in schools and with community organizations as well. With Quebec, there was the CENTAURE program (New window) which led to better collaboration between police forces. Today we believe that all of this is bearing fruit.

Obviously, we must not take everything for granted, we must not sit on our laurels. We will continue to work hard, continue to make investments, promised Mayor Boyer.

The mayor of Laval made a remarkable exit in last September during an announcement by the Minister of Public Security, François Bonnardel, to denounce the inequity, according to him, of the sums devoted by Quebec to the fight against armed violence in his city compared to what receives Montreal.

Recalling that he heads the third city in Quebec in terms of population, he stressed to the minister that the life of a Laval resident worth no less than that of a Montrealer.

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