CORNWALL — The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) have launched their Crime Prevention Campaign which focuses on raising awareness of what individuals can do to help build safer communities across Ontario.
“Protecting the people from crime is government’s most fundamental responsibility,” said MPP Jim McDonell. “That’s why we’re pleased to participate in the Crime Prevention Campaign, organized by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. It’s also why we recently introduced new legislation that will restore respect for police officers, following disastrous changes made by the previous Liberal government.”
Crime prevention on the community level is an important part of reducing crime. Our Government will continue to ensure the police, the government, and the people remain partners in creating a more secure province. That’s why our Government introduced the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act. This legislation is a key part of our promise to make Ontario safer, stand up victims, and hold criminals accountable for their actions.
“Crime takes many forms. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. The Cornwall Police Service is committed to raising public awareness about crimes that can make our homes, neighbourhoods, and communities unsafe,” said Chief Danny Aikman of the Cornwall Police Service.
The OACP are encouraging local Police Services to use a new informational booklet developed by throughout the year to raise awareness of many types of crimes, including:
- Suspicious activities and why you need to be aware and alert.
- Cannabis impairment and why making the wrong choices in the new era of legal cannabis can lead to tragic results.
- Financial scam that continue to grow in both numbers and impact:
- Identity theft
- Bank and credit card fraud
- Online scams
- Lottery scams
- “Phishing” email scams
- Auto insurance fraud
- “Porch Pirate” thefts, where on-line purchases are stolen after delivery to your property
Local Police Services can also making available a new resource document designed by the OACP to raise awareness about the true nature of organized crime in Ontario. Bringing Organized Crime Out of the Shadows provides easy-to-read information about the reality of organized criminal activity in our province.