Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, Minister of Public Safety Mike Morris, and RCMP Commissioner Dan Malo held a press conference today to address the ongoing issue of gang-related gun violence in Surrey.
In an effort to combat gang violence, Mayor Hepner announced the city will be giving Surrey RCMP 24-hour access to all 333 of the city’s traffic surveillance cameras.
Public Safety minister Mike Morris is blaming the gang violence on low level gangs trying to get a piece of the street drug trade …
“They’re like vultures, they’ll go wherever there’s meat on the ground and that’s where the violence occurs in some of these other communities. You’ll get somebody down here that says the pickins are ripe in Prince George or Dawson Creek so up they go and then they get into conflicts with some of the local street level drug dealers.”
In addition, 75 new cameras will be installed.
Surrey RCMP, provincial authorities, and specialized units will work together to crack down on the violence.
We are building a new jail in the Okanagan and we look forward to housing you for a long time. – Public Safety Minister Mike Morris
Minister Morris says he shares the fear of families in the community, and that the public has a duty to step up to help police.
“Insatiable demand” for illegal drugs is fueling the gun violence in the region. – Dan Malo, RCMP Commissioner
RCMP Assistant Commissioner Dan Malo confirmed that some of the shootings have been related to a struggle over low level drug trade, saying drug dealers and gangbangers can expect unprecedented attention as police crack down on the gun violence.
Community needs to “unite not be divided” in addressing gun violence. – Assistant Commissioner Fordy
Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy says this week 5 arrests made and 13 guns seized.
A special community forum will be held in Surrey on Monday April 18th.