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Duly Quoted: Bill Blair

Police chief says we need to start intervening much earlier in kids' lives if we want to tackle the causes of gang violence.

“By the time you go, with a 14- or 15-year-old, and try to get them into a program and play basketball, some of these young guys are so completely lost to us that they represent such a significant danger, all we can do is protect everyone from them.”

—Toronto police chief Bill Blair, in conversation with the Globe and Mail, advocating for earlier intervention as a way to help prevent gang activity in the first place, rather than trying to mitigate its effects once someone is already involved. The City of Toronto will be testing a program, first tried in Saskatchewan, that works to engage young people at risk much earlier in their lives.