FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 26 2016 11:20 am
(Ottawa) — Ottawa Police Service Central Neighbourhood officers conducted a daytime John Sweep focusing on the Vanier area on February 22 and 23 2016.
"John sweep projects stem from community and business concerns in relation to ongoing prostitution and males soliciting for that purpose in residential neighbourhoods," said Staff Sergeant Sam Fawaz, Central Neighbourhood Team. We had numerous complaints from the community and our officers about males soliciting prostitutes during the lunch hour and afternoon period "We again will continue to conduct community safety initiatives in residential neighbourhoods as it relates to prostitution.
As a result of this initiative, a total of 9 men were arrested for engaging in the solicitation of prostitution. A total of 8 men qualified and agreed to participate in a John School Pre-Charge Diversion Program.
One male, Grant Johnston 51 yrs of age from Ottawa was charged with various Criminal offences, including Trafficking a schedule 2 substance, Possession of a schedule 2 substance, Possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, Carrying a concealed weapon and Prostitution-related offences. Johnston was released on a Promise to Appear in Court in March.
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