Chief McCord: “Our Deepest Sympathies to the Victims and Families in Christchurch, New Zealand”
As a result of the tragic incidents in New Zealand last night, this is a sad day for the Muslim population and all residents of New Zealand. This impacts the entire global community and we all grieve together. These acts of violence not only have an effect on those directly involved, but have a long-lasting impact on communities. I have been in contact with members of my Muslim Advisory Committee and the Muslim Council of Peel and I want to reassure our Muslim community that our number one priority is to keep our community safe.
Our Equity and Inclusion Bureau and Community Mobilization Teams will be connecting with the various leaders at our local mosques and other places of worship, to check on their well-being and work to resolve any concerns they may have. Additionally, uniform officers and specialty units will be increasing their patrols and presence at places of worship within our region.
I ask that members of the community remain attentive and vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious or out of the ordinary.
Please continue to keep all those affected in your thoughts and prayers.