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Provincial government gives Toronto police $10M for TAVIS program

The provincial government will give Toronto police $10 million to help fight crime.

The cash will fund the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) over the next two years. 

“The strategy has one goal: To make life better for Toronto families by targeting guns and gangs, and making our streets safer,” Community Safety Minister Jim Bradley said at Scarborough’s 41 Division Tuesday.

TAVIS was created in 2006 after the infamous “year of the gun,” when 42 of Toronto’s 80 murders were fatal shootings.  Since then, more than 19,000 guns and gangs-related arrests have been made and more than 1,200 guns have been taken off the streets.

“We have used some of the TAVIS funding to enable our officers working in our community response units…to make a difference in our communities,” said Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.