The Commanding Officer of the B.C. RCMP says the public needs to help the police when it comes to gang violence.
Speaking to the Surrey Board of Trade, Brenda Butterworth-Carr says there are a lot of ongoing initiatives to crack down on Metro Vancouver’s gang violence problem, but she says the public also plays a part.
She says there are people with information who need to pass it along.
“If there are things that are happening it’s important that they are reported to us, that we have information as timely and as accurately as we possibly can.”
Butterworth-Carr says also she’s toured Surrey’s so-called Whalley Strip.
“It’s a complex area and complex issue, and it requires a coordinated response from all of us which is happening in this particular instance, and I use this as a great example of the initiatives that we’re trying to duplicate throughout the province.”
On another note, she says it’s a “constant challenge” to fill RCMP positions across the province, especially isolated posts and limited duration jobs.
Butterworth-Carr even opened her speech with a recruitment pitch.
“So if you have an interest in the organization we are recruiting, and certainly willing to take on your children as well, absolutely and we’ll make sure we take good care of them.”