The Provincial New Democratic party is expressing concern over waitlists for anti-gang programs in the Surrey School District.
An official says forty students are waiting to get into the highly touted “wrap” program.
Opposition House Leader Mike Farnworth says youth programming is key to crime prevention.
“As they say, prevention is worth a pound of cure. That on the prevention side you got the resources in schools. I mean that’s where kids are for you know the significant portion of their lives and that’s where many of those connections that can lead to gang affiliation, that’s where the gang lifestyle can start.”
Surrey streets have been plagued by gun violence and one fatality in recent weeks, prompting a community meeting that drew 700 concerned citizens on Tuesday night.
CKNW has learned there are only 10 Surrey RCMP liaison officers to cover 127 schools and 70,000 kids in Surrey.
In comparison, Vancouver has 15 officers on the ground for about 68,000 students.
Abbotsford has five officers for about 23,000 students.