In the wake of Surrey gun violence over the past several weeks, including 21 shootings in Surrey and Delta in 38 days, the city, police, gang unit, and school district are hosting a community forum on Tuesday.
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says it’s also reaching out to ethnic community leaders.
“There’s been initiatives underway with us and the RCMP and families in the South Asian community for several years now and working with the temples and the families and the youth and we value that partnership, we think it’s going very well. But we’re also looking at ways to enhance it, and these are important conversations we need to have with our communities. Instances like this forum at town hall this coming Tuesday will hopefully bring up some fresh ideas that we can act on.”
Houghton says the forum will educate the public about warning signs if young people are becoming involved in gangs.
“The old adage that ‘if something seems suspicious it probably is so phone the police’ absolutely holds true in this case. One of the conversations we want to have and continue to have with parents and with families is try and recognize the signs of involvement, whether it’s gang activity or drug activity of your children.”
It’s believed the violence could be connected to two groups of young drug dealers of South Asian and Somali descent.
The forum will be held at Tamanawis Secondary (12600 66th Ave.) April 21st at 7pm.
Punjabi speakers will be there as well.