Calgary Police: GTA IV a “Grave Concern”

A spokesman for the police department in Calgary has expressed “grave concern” over the impending release of Grand Theft Auto IV.

According to a report in today’s Calgary Sun:

City cops are warning parents to be careful about exposing children to video game violence, saying it’s a possible training ground for criminal endeavours.

The newspaper quotes Calgary police spokesman Kevin Brookwell:

From the Calgary Police Service perspective, we see these types of video games as a grave concern… Because of the lack of consequences and even reward — (youth) don’t understand the impact violence can have.

In some cases, those very games may be training grounds for people to commit criminal activity.

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