Mike Sullivan, our newly elected MP, says “I am encouraged by the arrests that have been made” in relation to the recent rash of muggings in Weston. He says, too, that he will pressure the Conservative government to “invest in an approach that focuses on prevention, policing, and prosecution.”
Sullivan was responding to an email I sent to politicians and police. He says that he, and the NDP, will
- Ensure communities have the resources to invest in crime prevention programs, particularly those focusing on youth.
- Provide parents, teachers and police with better tools to protect our children and deter gang activity by making gang recruiting illegal.
- Ensure that our police have sufficient resources to do their jobs in our neighbourhoods.
Sullivan was also quite clear that he does not believe that building more jails, as the Conservatives propose to do, will be the “best and most effective approach to [combatting] crime in our neighbourhoods.