Police upping presence at Ottawa religious institutions after Christchurch mosque shootings: police chief
|globalnews.ca 15 Mar 2019 at 08:08|
“The members of the Ottawa Police Service are committed to your safety and security and we have increased our vigilance and presence at local religious institutions.”
Police in Christchurch, New Zealand have said three people are currently in custody and one man in his 20s has been charged in relation to the attacks, which occurred during daily prayers on Friday at the two mosques.
In his letter, Bordeleau said the Ottawa Police Service has “no intelligence to suggest that any group in Ottawa is allied” with those suspects but added that “the possibility of a copycat lone actor is always a concern.”
“Police presence alone has been shown to have a definitive effect on discouraging lone actor attackers,” Bordeleau wrote.
Bordeleau “strongly encouraged” community members to call 911 if at any time they feel a life-threatening emergency or a crime is occurring.