After two extra shootings in Kitchener on Thursday, Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin issued a letter to the group pleading for an finish to the violence within the space.
“To those that proceed to commit mindless acts of crime in our area, it has to cease,” Larkin mentioned.
“We is not going to cease. We’re dedicated to working across the clock to carry these accountable for his or her reckless actions in opposition to the group. We’re dedicated to maintaining Waterloo Area the thriving and vibrant group all of us name dwelling.”
There have now been 10 shootings within the area this yr after those that occurred close to Belmont Avenue West and Karn Road in addition to Greenfield Avenue and Kingsway Drive early Thursday.
Police are nonetheless working to see if these are related however Larkin, who will step down from his position subsequent month, famous that the problem will not be one thing new.
“As of 2020, Waterloo Area’s violent crime charge was the second highest of the 12 largest municipal police providers within the province of Ontario,” Larkin wrote.
“These main crimes have additionally resulted in important stress and demand on police assets and we’re dedicated to doing all the things we presumably can to analyze every incident totally whereas guaranteeing these accountable are delivered to justice.”
Larkin requested for the group to return collectively to place an finish to the latest spate of gun violence within the space.
“Collectively, we should work on crime prevention and intervention,” he mentioned. “Thanks to our superb group companions, stakeholders, neighbourhoods, and all group residents who attempt to make a distinction.”
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