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OPP concerned over surge in homicides

KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting a surge in the number of homicides it is investigating.

Members of the OPP received 42 murder investigations to lead in 2018, up from 35 the previous year and a level not seen since 51 cases in 2010. Six of the homicides last year were investigated on behalf of other jurisdictions. “To deliberately take another life is the most personal affront to public safety that we know. It is distressing to see an increase in the number of murders being committed in communities throughout Ontario.” Deputy Commissioner Rick BARNUM, Provincial Commander – OPP Investigations and Organized Crime

Homicides in OPP jurisdiction are investigated by local detachment detectives under the direction of a Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) Detective Inspector.

Police say in spite of their efforts to reduce the inventory of available guns, a firearm was the primary cause of death in 18 OPP death investigations – higher than the previous two years combined (six in 2016; 10 in 2017) and seven more than in the record year of 2010.

The number of occasions where a firearm is the identified cause of death is consistent with the trends reported in other major jurisdictions in Ontario according to police.



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