The B.C. government is helping Surrey fight back against gangs.
Premier Christy Clark has announced $270,000 in funding for the Wraparound program, which works to keep at-risk kids out of gangs.
Clark says the decision was made after a meeting with Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner.
“Surrey is a young community, it’s a thriving community and a diverse community. And we have to make sure that safety in this community is second-to-none.”
The funding will cut the Wrap program’s wait list in half, from 40 kids down to 20. The province said more money to get the rest of the kids enrolled might arrive in the future.
Up until now, Hepner has insisted there is no need for new resources to tackle the violence.
When asked about that with the province’s new cash, she pointed to past money for specific police units.
“I think what we’ve brought together here, based on what we’re facing, is the provincial special enforcement unit, as well as the IHIT unit, which has always been involved where there’s a violent death, as well as the expected of 100 officers we committed to many months ago.”
Meanwhile, Surrey’s city council has approved the hiring of a community safety manager, and recruitment will begin right away.