More cash, but not more police officers.
The Manager of Safe Schools in the Surrey School District is welcoming $270,000 in provincial funding to go towards its anti-gang program, but says more boots on the ground are also needed.
Currently, only two Surrey RCMP officers are dedicated to the Wrap-around program.
Rob Rai says while they will lobby Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy for more officers, the cash infusion will go towards hiring more district staff.
“I spoke with the Wrap team today, and they are just salivating at some of the expansion here, because it means we can do better work right, when I am asking staff to carry 12 cases instead of 10, it means that they wait list is cut in half, this year alone we will get ahead of 20 more kids, from now until December.”
CKNW reported last week 40 kids are on the waitlist to get into the program, which helps at-risk youth who show signs of gang-associated behavior.