Premier Christy Clark says the Province will be contributing $23 million to funding aimed at combating gang violence in B.C.
“It means more integrated police teams, it means more prosecutors who are specifically dedicated to combating gang violence, it means more supports for RCMP officers on the ground, it ensures the RCMP can continue to build on the gains they have made in our very successful guns and gangs strategy.”
At a press conference in Surrey, the Premier noted the problem is not just one affecting Surrey, and that it trickles into the rest of the Province.
“We know that when we undertake tough enforcement in one city, many of those gangs, gang members, just like cockroaches, find their way to other cities around the province.”
Clark also had a warning for those involved in the violence.
“We will not rest until we put an end to this cycle of violence in this city, and cities across the province, and we’re going to continue to give the RCMP and police forces the support that they need to go after these low life, low-level criminals, who are making people unsafe.”
On Thursday, Surrey’s top cop, Bill Fordy, pledged the RCMP will stop the violence.
There have been 32 shootings in Surrey so far this year.
Deja vu, as plans to combat gang violence were made before
This isn’t the first time a Premier has ventured into Surrey to announce a major plan to fight gang violence.
“You are not welcome in our province. You are not welcome on our streets.”
Seven years ago, then-Premier Gordon Campbell unveiled a 7-point plan to fight escalating gang violence.
Said Campbell to a cheering crowd in Surrey.
“We have had it with gangs. We are going to rid our streets of gangs. We are going to drive gangs out of the province of B.C. and our streets are there for the people that live here in safe, secure communities.”
The province-wide plan included the hiring of 168 more police officers, 10 more Crown prosecutors, the outlawing of armored vehicles and body armour, a new gang hotline to phone in tips, and a reward program.
Clark makes public appeal to gang members who want to get out; contact the RCMP, they can help you. pic.twitter.com/7OHRAyGT7N— Jeremy Lye (@JJLye980) April 15, 2016
Two 10-person teams will be added to BC's anti-gang unit.— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) April 15, 2016
Premier says gangs, 'like cockroaches' make they way into other areas. Says not just a Surrey problem. pic.twitter.com/ly5nCZqnxk— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) April 15, 2016