Rawlson King, President of the Overbrook Community Association, issued the following statement concerning the shooting that occurred July 14:
"It is up to the Ottawa Police Service to determine whether ending the anti-gang initiative was premature.
But it seems to our community that the police should be working continuously to suppress gang activity, especially during the summer, when gang violence and the number of gang-related shootings typically increase.
While there have been successes in terms of arrests, charges and taking guns off the street by the police, more need to done on a regular, on-going basis.
The community is currently working on a “post-incident neighbourhood protocol” to address violent criminal activity, and develop a youth strategy to provide greater educational and recreational opportunities.
We believe these activities will pay dividends not unlike the community's Neighbourhood Watch program. After the establishment of that program, Overbrook experienced a 17 percent reduction in police calls, along with a 31 percent decrease in residential break and enters and a 50 percent decrease in car theft.
The community also supports the creation of a “gang exit” strategy by the City.
These activities will assist the community to continue to lower crime rates. But the community is also calling upon the City for proper police staffing levels, more patrols in Overbrook, and more investment towards improving community housing conditions in order to improve neighbourhood safety."