“We are not just trying to arrest our way out of this issue.”
The man in charge of keeping schools safe in Surrey is welcoming 100 more pairs of boots on the ground, which means more police officers in Surrey schools.
Rob Rai, Manager of Safe Schools with the Surrey School District, says two more school liaison officers have been added in the past 8 weeks, bringing the total to 14.
“These are officers that are assigned to schools, so officers that fall outside of the Wrap program, so what that means for us is that we have two other bodies that are able to respond to and address school issues, we are incredibly grateful that that came through, especially at this time, there is a lot going on in our community.”
The move comes as the feds approve 100 new police officers for Surrey.
“One thing to say that there have been community based shootings in Surrey, we are bringing out 100 police officers, well that is on the back end of the problem, the fact that all three levels f government are saying that while the 100 officers are wonderful, at the same time, there has got to be a way to catch these kids upstream before they end up on the streets with a gun.”
Critics say in a district of 70,000 kids and 127 schools, even more liaison officers are needed.