EDITORIAL: War of words won’t stop warring gangs

With a deadly gun war between rival gangs creating carnage on our streets this summer, we don’t need a war of words between the Toronto Police Association and Mayor John Tory.

Having officials on either side yelling at each other accomplishes nothing and sends the wrong message to the thugs, who are the real bad guys.

Tory wants an end to the violence as much as TPA President Mike McCormack does, so let’s start on the issues where they agree.

They agree our laws are too lax and that repeat, violent, gun-toting offenders are being granted bail after being charged with new crimes, almost as fast as the police can arrest them.

The solution to that lies at Queen’s Park — where Premier Doug Ford shares these concerns — and, ultimately, on Parliament Hill.

A united front of police, city and provincial officials and politicians needs to speak with one voice to convince Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to get tougher on gang-related gun crime.

Both Tory and McCormack have valid concerns.

What’s needed is compromise, common sense and good judgment on both sides.

McCormack is right that we need more officers on the streets.

We need the restoration of some form of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS).

We need a workable street check policy that allows the police to do their job of gathering intelligence, while protecting the rights of citizens to be free from police harassment and profiling.

We need politicians to stop kowtowing to radical anti-police groups.

We need an end to ridiculous, irresponsible decisions like the Toronto school board disbanding the School Resource Officers Program, despite the fact its own survey showed it was supported by students, teachers and parents.

That said, Tory is right that the $1 billion police budget needs to be reined in and finite police resources deployed as effectively as possible.

That means fundamental changes to police shifts and scheduling, division boundaries, paid duty, sick days and replacing police officers with civilians for non-essential duties.

We can’t just keep throwing more money at policing every time there’s a crime wave.

We need the TPA, city hall, the police board, Queen’s Park and the federal government working together to make the streets of Toronto safer, for everyone.

Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies

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