New Ottawa Police Direct Action Response Team (DART) combats gang violence

Traffic • Posted by mcollins on November 16, 2007

This week, the Ottawa Police Service launched a
new enforcement initiative to combat street gang violence. 
The new Direct Action Response Team (DART) has been formed
for a period of one year as a result of provincial funding.

The team is comprised of eight officers who will work in
tandem with the Guns & Gangs Unit. 

DART’s primary mandate is to monitor gang activity and
identify youth at risk of gravitating towards gang
membership, while providing a highly visible and active
police presence in the community.  The officers will also
play a proactive role in prevention, intervention and
diversion strategies. 

“The work done by the new DART team will address concerns
specific to each community and take a strong approach to
proactively deterring youth from joining gangs,” stated
Chief Vern White.

The team’s first operational day was Wednesday, November
14.  While conducting premise checks, they identified and
arrested a known gang member.  Warfa ALI, 20 years old of
Ottawa has been charged with possession for the purpose of
trafficking, two counts of possession of proceeds of crime,
resist arrest, obstruct police and three counts of fail to
comply with recognizance.  The officers also seized 57
grams of crack cocaine estimated at a street value of $11
000.

The new team will work closely with the communities
affected by criminal gang activity in order to identify and
reduce street gang issues.



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