Ottawa Police stepping up foot patrols this in Byward Market

Ottawa police will be cracking down on crime in the ByWard Market and surrounding area this summer.

Police say there will be a series of community safety initiatives starting over the long weekend to reduce crime and public disorder.

"We have heard the concerns of both businesses and residents in the downtown core," OPS Frontline officer Supt. Mark Ford. "We are actively working to alleviate some of these issues to ensure everyone can enjoy this great area of the city,"

Ford says there will be as many as 12 new officers on foot or bike patrol. 

Police say Ottawa Bylaw, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and OC Transpo will be part of enforcement.