A B.C. police officer who spends much of his time trying to teach children about the dangers of gang life admits the message isn’t always getting through.
“I can appreciate probably more than anybody that a police officer at the front of a classroom or in a gymnasium becomes Charlie Brown’s teacher sometimes.”
Sgt. Lindsey Houghton with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit is in Pitt Meadows on Wednesday, a few hours after taking part in the community forum packed by 700 people in Surrey, prompted by the recent gun violence.
“Young people and young adults who get involved in this life, jail is not necessarily a deterrent to them. Losing your family. Losing your friends. Those are the terms and we need to get that message out. We need to show them the truth.”
Houghton says he’s spoken to thousands of students over the past couple of years and he usually takes a former gang member with him.