Shootings up but police chief says Toronto still North America's safest city

Despite a recent spike in violent crime in Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told Dwight Drummond of CBC News that Toronto is the safest city in North America.

Compared to other big cities on the continent 'we are by far the safest,' Saunders says

Chief Saunders talks about violent week in Toronto

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Toronto police chief Mark Saunders sat down for an interview with Dwight Drummond and addressed the recent string of shootings in the city. 1:41

Despite a recent spike in violent crimes in Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders maintains that Toronto is the safest city in North America.

Saunders made the comments in an exclusive interview with Dwight Drummond of CBC News.

"For an urban city with 2.8 million people, [when] you look at the numbers we have [and] you compare it to anywhere in North America, we are by far the safest urban city in North America".

Over the past week, the city has seen two double shootings, a fatal drive-by shooting, a police-involved shooting and about half a dozen stabbings, including a random daytime stabbing in the financial district and a double-stabbing Friday morning.

In the interview, Saunders said that although the number of shootings has gone up as of late, he hopes that the recent spate of violence doesn't cause people to think of the city as dangerous.

"The city is safe," Saunders said, adding that he knows from his experience working on the homicide unit that there are occasionally weekends marked by multiple homicides.

"But does it turn the city upside down? No it doesn't," Saunders said.

The full interview will air on CBC News Toronto Monday at 6 p.m.


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