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By Angela Gemmill
Greater Sudbury Police have been successful at suppressing any type of gang foot-hold in our community.
Police Chief Frank Elsner attributes that to funding from the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategies (or PAVIS) which helps pay for four officers to focus on fighting gang-related issues.
The local force has been getting this funding since 2009 and it works out to roughly $450,000 a year.
Elsner wasn’t sure if the new amounts would increase.
The funding allows four officers to focus specifically on fighting illegal gang activity and keeping gang-members from moving into Sudbury.
Elsner says the money is also used to help educate young people to keep them from joining gangs.
He says without the PAVIS funding police wouldn’t be able to suppress illegal gang activities moving from Toronto to other parts of the province.