Surrey RCMP is launching a dedicated phone line for parents concerned their kids may be getting involved in the gang lifestyle.
Corporal Scotty Schumann says residents can now contact the Parent Helpline if they believe their child is involved or at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity.
“Parents had reached out to us previously at our community safety forums and what they wanted was the chance to speak with officers about their children possibly behaving in a way that may lead them to criminal activity or being involved in the drug trade.”
He says parents or guardians who phone the new helpline can get in touch with the Surrey RCMP’s specialized youth officers and youth counselors who will be able to help with resources, police information and intervention services.
Callers can leave a message and will have their call returned within a day.
Concerned parents can reach out at 604-599-7800.
We’re not even half way through the year and Surrey’s already recorded 35 shootings since January first.
Community Activitist Naida Robinson says the latest shooting Sunday night at 152 and 72nd has the neighborhood on edge.
“It’s one of the busiest intersections in Surrey, 72nd is one of the busiest intersections in all of Newton ya know, we just had that shooting in Bear Creek Park right beside my kid’s high school and I think that’s really concerning when we’re scaring good hard working families out of our communities.”
Robinson says in her neighborhood of Newton, people want to move and are worried they could become victims…
“It’s not a matter of if somebody, an innocent gets shot, one of these days somebody is going to and then is that when we’re going to start seeing more police presence.”
Robinson says the shooting at Bear Creek Park a few weeks ago was right beside a high school.
She’s calling on the RCMP to be more forthcoming with the public on what they’re doing to crack down on the violence.