Over the past few years, the city of Toronto has seen a crime-surge rock the city, leaving many to wonder if this is indeed the new norm of their beloved metropolis.
Amis a relatively high and alarming trend of gun-related crimes, the Toronto Police, alongside the municipal government, have painted themselves into a corner and are now faced with an inevitable proposition—let there be crime or let there be change.
In the eyes of Union President, Mike McCormack, Toronto Police lack the resources needed to cover their jurisdictional reach, which he claims is a primary contributor to the ineffective deterrence of crime in their city.
According to TPS Crime Statistics, this trend is not likely to change course if the municipality remains idle and boggled down by bureaucratic negligence.
Now, the positive correlation between the lack of resources and the effectiveness of crime deterrence is evident, as both shooting occurrences and victims have been on the rise since 2014. As of June 3rd, 2018, that number has skyrocketed to 175 shooting occurrences and 229 victims this year alone, with May being the deadliest month to date, at 54 and 62 respectively.
In the wake of reports that members of the Force are leaving, due to increased levels of stress, Mayor John Tory has finally come forth to address this matter publicly. In his address, he states “some more police presence, some more lights in certain places and some more cameras…[as well as] continued vigilance on the part of citizens…[will ensure] the city stays safe.”
However, these words of goodwill are seemingly undone by the contradictory nature of his earlier claim, where he went on record saying “the spate of violence that’s left a number of people dead…shouldn’t be attributed to the number of police.”
In this callous remark, he seems to be either dissolving himself of any personal responsibility on the matter or not taking the threat of increased gun-violence seriously.
Either way, this is an issue that his fellow Torontonians want to be addressed, sooner rather than later.
Given the recent tragedy of 18-year-old Israel Edwards and others like him, further inaction by the city will be seen as a lack of care, and thus, should be met with a firm hand from Tory’s constituents.