03/09/2015 06:05 EDT | Updated 05/09/2015 05:59 EDT

Montreal to set up a centre aimed at fighting violent radicalization

MONTREAL - Montreal is going to open up a centre that aims to stop violent radicalization among youth.

Mayor Denis Coderre says the new centre brings together health professionals, law enforcement and educational and social service workers.

Coderre says the centre will work with all communities and would help anyone in danger — whether it be from terrorism-related radicalization or youth in danger of joining street gangs.

He told a news conference today the city is working to have the prevention centre up an running as soon as possible.

For now, the city has activated a phone number that will direct callers to the Montreal police if they have any concerns or questions.

Coderre said any information would be confidential and it would be used to provide assistance.

"Frankly radicalization has nothing to do with one religion or one community," Coderre said.