Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says the city will invest an additional $ 5.5 million in police to help fight gun crime.
Plante, along with Chief Sylvain Caron, said today that the money will go to efforts to eradicate criminal organizations.
With this funding, the unit will be able to hire an additional 42 officers and civilian employees, including 28 working with the Eclipse Organized Crime Unit.
The announcement was triggered by several shots in Montreal over the past few weeks, including at least two reports of shots fired on Saturday night.
Earlier this month, the Quebec government announced a new unit of Montreal and state police to reduce gun trafficking and address the increase in gunfire in the state’s largest city.