More guns and drugs on the street fuel perception of increased violent crime in Quebec

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Published: 28Sep2022

Quebec’s homicide rate is lower than it was a decade ago, but a slight majority of people that live in cities aren’t feeling as safe as they used to. This rests in the public’s perception that there is a lack of organization, according Fady Dagher (EMBA’12), Chief of Police in Longueuil, in an interview with TVA’s Le monde à l’envers. But the way that violent crime is occurring contributes to that fear – there are more guns and drugs on the street, and lockdowns have had a pronounced impact on low-income neighbourhoods. But defunding the police isn’t the answer to these problems, says Dagher. Some issues will always demand police intervention, but police need to end discrimination against racialized people.

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