Submitted by Darren Smith, Guest Blogger
In accordance of a new strategy to protect the citizens from bad things happening, London Police Services has instigated last fall Project L.E.A.R.N. Quoting from the police website:
“Successive L.E.A.R.N. Projects have addressed quality of life issues and targeted specific geographic areas traditionally plagued with nuisance type behaviours. L.E.A.R.N project members have provided strict but fair enforcement of by-laws related to parties, parking, open fires, noise, litter and public urination. Provincial offences were strictly enforced in relation to excess alcohol consumption, open alcoholic containers in public, public intoxication, illegal sale of alcohol and any related offences. The most severe behaviours warranted criminal charges such as causing a disturbance and mischief.”
Well it seems that this includes now such broken windows type nuisances as the University’s Cheerleading Squad on its way to the game.
According to thestar.com “The squad was headed to TD Stadium for the Mustangs game against the Queen’s Golden Gaels when they paused to spread some spirit, which was unfortunately met with more than cheers. Their coach of 33 years, David-Lee Tracey, told The Star that three male cheerleaders were throwing a female teammate into the air on Broughdale Ave.[in a parking lane and no traffic on the traveled portion] — a street lined with purple-clad Western students — when police interrupted to write Gow the $140 ticket.”
The explanation written on the ticket was “Causing a nuisance on a public street by conducting a cheerleading performance.” Some might wonder exactly where this type of violation is codified in their traffic ordinance, but maybe such a violation exists.
“London Police have been cracking down during their Project L.E.A.R.N. campaign, which ends Sunday. The aim of it is to address “quality of life issues” and to target “specific geographic areas traditionally plagued with nuisance type behaviours,””
Take one for the team London Police,
Source: The Star