Surrey has 90 more RCMP officers on the ground- yet the city is already on track to outpace a year of violence in 2015.
That includes three new shootings in the last five days.
Community involvement is key in crime reduction
Acting mayor Vera LeFranc says the city can’t simply police itself out of the violence.
“This takes a very integrated approach and crime prevention and crime reduction have to be a part of the conversation and we have to have that conversation with community and we are reaching out to community right now.”
At the same time LeFranc says with the 90 new officers, she’s confident residents will see a significant change in the violence “over time.”
“We know this will make a difference over the next few years, we have made unprecedented requests to the Federal and Provincial governments to get these extra resources, we’re still expecting another ten police officers.”
LeFranc says Council and the RCMP are working “around the clock” to address the violence.
A complicated problem with no quick fix
Former Surrey Mayor and conservative MP, Dianne Watts, says the solution has to involve many aspects.
“Resourcing the police is one aspect of it because it’s multi-faceted, the legislative role where laws are in place, but the community as I said has to play a role as well, and you know, the parents.”
The city of Surrey saw a total of 47 shootings last year.