Ontario Gurdwara Committee and United Sikhs hosted Brampton Youth Violence Town Hall and Panel Discussion in which Superintendent of 22 Division, Supt. Stephen Blom met with community partners and media representatives and talked about the recent incidents of violence involving Brampton youth.
The increasing violence in Brampton has increased the concern in the community.There has been videos going viral on social media, depicting people engaging in violent acts in the middle of the streets and parking lots in Brampton.
Supt.Blom said, , “This forum here is outstanding, and I’m grateful that we have the opportunity to be a part of it.”
Superintendent Blom reassured attendees that as soon as the incidents were reported and the videos were seen, Peel Regional Police had employed measures to deal with the lawless public behaviour.
This is a priority for Peel Regional Police. We have increased patrols using officers from our Neighbourhood Policing Unit, Uniform Patrol and our Community Mobilization Teams. The officers from these units have placed their focus on the locations that have been identified and will continue to do so. Investigators in our Criminal Investigation Bureau are working diligently to identify those involved.
He added, “We need to teach our young people that these are not the ways to resolve conflicts, and we need to do that together. I’m well aware that policing is a huge part of the solution but it’s not all of it. We need your help.”
Chief Jennifer Evans urges the community to report any violent activity to police, “I share the concerns of the community and want to assure the public that we are working diligently to identify those responsible for these violent acts. We are committed to keeping our community safe, but we cannot do it alone. We need the community to help us by calling police with any information that might help us find those responsible”.
We urge the community to call 9-1-1 if you witness one of these incidents. Should you be concerned about being seen by the suspects, officers can meet you at another location.
If you know anything or receive any further information on this type of lawless behaviour, we encourage you to report it directly to 22 Division Criminal Investigators Bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 2233. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.