Community Message from Chief Larkin

Message from Chief Larkin

Dear residents of Waterloo Region,

Over the past several weeks and months, we have responded to increasing calls involving gun violence throughout Waterloo Region.

Since the beginning of 2022, Waterloo Regional Police have responded to 10 shootings throughout the Region – including the most recent shootings that occurred on June 16, 2022, in the areas of Belmont Avenue West and Karn Street, and Greenfield Avenue and Kingsway Drive, both in Kitchener.

As of 2020, Waterloo Region’s violent crime rate was the second highest of the 12 largest municipal police services in the province of Ontario.

These major crimes have also resulted in significant pressure and demand on police resources and we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to investigate each incident thoroughly while ensuring those responsible are brought to justice.

While this violence is disheartening and troubling, I can assure every resident of Waterloo Region - as your Chief of Police - that the members of WRPS are dedicated and working diligently – 24/7/365 - to provide professional police services that will ensure residents feel safe and are safe.

To those who continue to commit senseless acts of crime in our region, it has to stop. We will not stop. We are committed to working around the clock to hold those accountable for their reckless actions against the community. We are committed to keeping Waterloo Region the thriving and vibrant community we all call home.

Together, we must work on crime prevention and intervention. Thank you to our amazing community partners, stakeholders, neighbourhoods, and all community residents who strive to make a difference.

Special thanks to all WRPS members, who show up each and every day to serve and protect. We are grateful for your leadership, your professionalism, and your commitment to public safety. You are making a difference.

Anyone with any information about recent events throughout the region is encouraged to contact us at 519-570-9777 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Yours truly,

Bryan M. Larkin
Chief of Police 

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