“The moment you take your foot off the neck of criminal organizations, they’re going to sprout and re-grow and cause havoc.”
BC’s New Democrats are accusing the Christy Clark government of making ‘reckless’ cuts when it comes to fighting gang crime.
“You have to keep on them constantly.”
Justice Critic Mike Farnworth says budgets for the anti-gang unit, known as the “CFSEU” and major crimes are losing more than four million dollars, making it more difficult for police to crack down on gangs, solve murders and find people reported missing.
“The Hells Angels and others will just be laughing. They’ll take any opportunity and any advantage that they can get and so, this idea that we’re cutting funding, is just –it’s criminal.”
Farnworth adds major crimes like the Surrey Six massacre have been solved by police in the units facing cuts.
Attorney General Suzanne Anton is away and not available for comment.
Late this afternoon, Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, who is the head of the RCMP’s BC operations, issued a statement confirming provincial funding will be reduced by more than four million dollars in the next fiscal year.
He says the cuts are being made after the force already reduced the size of its fleet, adjusted shift schedules, reduced travel costs and more, but says “there are no further savings to be found.”
That’s why at least 25 positions are being eliminated and ‘operational support’ will be reduced.
Eileen Mohan, whose son Christopher was killed in the 2007 Surrey Six massacre, says she can’t believe any cuts are being made to the police units that helped find his accused killers.
“If you announce cutbacks, then you’re almost giving them an early Christmas gift. All these gangsters are saying, ‘Finally, now we’re going to get some breathing space.’ ”
Prosecutors at the Surrey Six trial say Mohan’s son Christopher was considered collateral damage because he might be able to identify the killers.