Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 11, 2009 10:54 ET

Statement: Minister Van Loan Pays Tribute to Canada's Police on the Occasion of National Police Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 11, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, today paid tribute to Canada's police forces from coast to coast on the occasion of National Police Week - May 10 to May 16, 2009.

"Keeping communities safe is a commitment our government has made to the citizens of Canada. We cannot do it alone. The dedicated men and women of federal, provincial, municipal and aboriginal police forces are partners in our fight against crime and are integral to the safety and security of Canadians.

"Whether it be removing dangerous criminals or drugs or illegal guns from our streets, or returning a lost child to his or her home, our police are in our communities on a daily basis often putting their lives on the line to keep us safe - for this we are grateful.

"To help police in their fight against crime, this government continues to send a strong message that it is serious about combating crime and making our communities safe. To this end we have taken steps against organized crime, gangs, illegal guns and drugs including:

- A Police Officer Recruitment Fund;

- Over 1,000 new RCMP;

- The expansion of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;

- Mandatory prison sentences for gun crimes;

- New legislation to tackle auto theft and property crime, identity theft, and to increase penalties for gang- and organized-crime related violence and drug trafficking.

"Canadians have reason to be proud of their police services, and take time to acknowledge them during this very special week. On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to recognize and thank our police forces across Canada for their achievements and efforts in keeping our communities safe and secure."

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