Gunfights and drive-by killings. But not where you might think it’s happening
Vancouver style gang-violence is becoming more prevalent in communities like Prince George and Kelowna, as gangsters look for refuge from the spotlight of the big city.
But RCMP Assistant Commissioner Wayne Rideout says new standards for all police agencies across the province means greater intelligence sharing to target high-risk offenders.
“Criminal groups in the Lower Mainland have tentacles, and we can follow through the intelligence those tentacles through different corners of the province. My goal is to attack them where they are in the northeast corner of the province, in the center of the province, and in the Lower Mainland simultaneously while also combating them at a federal and national level.”
Rideout says the homegrown model is even being eyed by other provinces.
In the past, police agencies have faced criticism for failing to share information in an effort to get gangsters off the street.
The provincial government says new measures will ensure there is “no safe haven” in B.C..