B.C.’s minister of public safety says a five month-old “Guns and Gangs” program aimed at ending street violence is getting results.
That’s despite shootings in Surrey climbing to at least 50, this is up from just more than 30 when the plan was announced in April.
But Mike Morris says investigators are making progress.
“We I think have been able to deal with it very effectively, we’ve got people in custody right now awaiting charges, awaiting trial, there’s ongoing investigations, we added two more units to the CFSEU unit.”
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Morris says they’ve also tapped a pair of prosecutors based in Surrey to focus specifically on gang cases.
He was in Surrey Thursday morning meeting youth who participate in the city’s WRAP program.
The combined initiative of the city, RCMP, and School district aims to intervene with kids early, keeping them out of gang life.
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Program graduate Ashley says she would run into big trouble without it.
“I got expelled from one school, but my second school that I got transferred to I ended up graduating from there on time. So I’m really thankful for that. Because of this program, yeah.”
The program takes about 100 kids per year and is successful enough to have a waiting list.
Minister meets with youth in Surrey WRAP program. pic.twitter.com/cUnwDrT0DY
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