Community engagement contributes to 39% of crime gun reporting

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Police Service (OPS) reports it’s the community that provides a big help in keeping guns off the streets.

To date in 2020, the OPS investigated a total of 65 reports about guns in the community, and these reports resulted in the seizure of 92 crime guns.

“The Ottawa community played a significant role by generating close to 39 per cent of the reports,” OPS Insp. Carl Cartright, with the Major Investigations Branch, said. “Making our community safer, by removing crime guns from our streets, is a task that police cannot do alone. We need residents to get involved; they are our eyes and ears.”

The OPS reminds Ottawa residents if they suspect someone is carrying a crime gun, they can contact the Ottawa Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5050.

Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-222-8477 or at