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Enhanced police presence in the Capital Region during Hells Angels gathering

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OTTAWA — Ottawa Police, Gatineau Police,, the OPP, and the Sûreté du Québec are joining forces to keep an eye on a Hells Angels gathering happening over the weekend in Carlsbad Springs.

More than 500 Hells Angels motorcycle riders are expected to be in the area from July 22 to 24.

“This event will result in a large increase in the number of motorcycles on our roads,” said Ottawa Police Inspector Michel Marin, with the Emergency Operations Directorate. “This is a reminder to all road users to share the road and respect speed limits.”

There enhanced police presence will pay special attention to the Carlsbad Springs area, which is where the bikers are gathering.

“The OPP will be working collaboratively with our law enforcement partners for this event,” said Det. Staff Sergeant Len Isnor, Operations Coordinator, Biker Enforcement Unit Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Ontario Provincial Police. “Policing partners will be responding to any unlawful activity, in an appropriate and professional manner, while having a zero tolerance approach to crime during the weekend gathering.”

“We are working in close collaboration with all concerned partners to ensure the monitoring of activities within our jurisdiction,” stated Inspector Éric Simard of the Service de police de la Ville de Gatineau. “We wish to reassure citizens and to let them know that an enhanced police presence is to be expected during such gatherings, and we invite them to communicate with police should they witness any suspicious activity.”

“Police forces reunite towards a common objective – effectively fight organized crime and keep our citizens safe throughout Canada,” added Cpt. Paul Charbonneau, with the Sûreté du Québec.

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