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Mideast War: DRPS actively patrolling places of worship…

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) yesterday reassured residents that it remains committed to the safety of the community and all of its residents.

“Members of DRPS have and will continue to actively patrol places of worship and public spaces in our communities to keep all our residents safe,” it said in a statement yesterday.

It said police is aware of the online global threats related to the war and violence in the Middle East.

“Currently, there are no credible threats here in Durham Region,” it reassured.

“Our service remains committed to continually monitoring events that could impact community safety in our region. We are committed to equality and safe spaces for all, and will continue to connect with our faith-based communities to provide reassurance and support,” DRPS said.

It said it will not tolerate any form of hate crime or violence against any persons or groups. Any act of violence or hate will be investigated to the fullest extent of the law. Durham police continues to collaborate with all police services to ensure the safety of our residents, it added.

Similar reassurances have been issued by most police services across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

Hate crime investigation

Yesterday, Toronto Police Operations reported that its Hate crime division is investigating threats to a school.

It reported that three men were directed to leave Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto (CHAT) just after midday by security.

The suspects then made threats to the school and left property. Officers searched the area and arrested all three suspects, Toronto Police said.

Prayers for Peace

Meanwhile, Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) said this past week, we witnessed the media reports of the horrifying and tragic attacks that have taken place in Israel.

“As people of faith, we adamantly denounce any acts of terrorism and violence, and we mourn the loss of innocent life. Prayers for Peace.”

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