Thursday, 4 September 2014

Upcoming Event with Capital Crime Writers: Guns and Gangs (September 10)

Guns and Gangs

Speaker: Acting Staff Sergeant Ken Bryden
Time: 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Place: Honeywell Room, Ottawa City Hall

Street gangs are involved in gambling, drug dealing, stealing from other drug dealers, prostitution, intimidation, assault and even murder. They are not only in West Side Story or U.S. ghettos. Members of the Crips and the Bloods do live in Ottawa. Ottawa Police Service’s chief, Charles Bordeleau, has identified guns and gangs, road safety and violence against women as his three top concerns. For good reason. The level of street gang activity has kept OPS’s Guns and Gangs/Dart (Direct Action Response Team) Unit busy.

Acting Staff Sergeant Ken Bryden from Guns and Gangs/Dart will provide information on that unit and update us on the street gang situation in Ottawa, providing statistics and results. He has eighteen years of service, most of it in the Criminal Investigations Directorate. That includes time in the Guns and Gangs, Drugs, and Criminal Intelligence Units, all parts of Special Operations in that directorate. Staff Sergeant Bryden previously served on the front lines as an emergency response officer. He also served as a foot patrol officer in the Byward Market and as part of the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.

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