A Surrey NDP MLA is calling on the local RCMP detachment to tackle the gangs and guns issue in a new way.
Bruce Ralston says Surrey Mounties need to look at what happened just down the highway a few years ago.
“Traditional police methods aren’t really getting at the heart of the problem. In Abbotsford a few years ago, there was a major epidemic of shootings. There were over 600 shots fired in one year. The community was mobilized in a very dramatic way. With the community onside, the problem more quickly disappeared.”
Ralston says he and his fellow Surrey NDP MLAs recently asked for a meeting with RCMP Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy and were refused.
“Well we requested in writing a meeting. Myself, Sue Hammel, and Harry Bains requested a meeting to get a briefing. This was about a month and a half ago before this current round of shootings really accelerated and he refused.”
“What do you mean he refused?”
“He said he would not meet with us.”
Ralston will be in attendance later today when Surrey’s mayor makes her announcement on the latest streak of gun violence.
He says it’s odd as RCMP have met with him in the past and it hasn’t been a problem.