Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government finally woke up to the deteriorating crime situation in Surrey and announced with much fanfare on Tuesday that 100 additional RCMP officers will be assigned “to ensure the safety of Surrey in the face of increased gang-related violence.”
The government also announced a contribution of $3.5 million over five years for the crime prevention project Surrey Gang Reduction Program.
The Surrey Gang Reduction Program will provide approximately 400 Surrey-area at-risk youth, aged 11-19, with life and resiliency skills to help them move away and keep them from violence and the gang lifestyle. The program is based on a comprehensive understanding of the risks and strengths in the lives of at-risk youth and provides intensive support and services to them and their families.
The announcements were made by National Revenue Minister Kerry–Lynne Findlay with Surrey MP Nina Grewal.
Findlay said: “Our government is working closely with our partners here in Surrey, and across the country, to keep our streets and communities safe. We are proud to work closely together with community organizations to develop solutions that prevent gang violence and support communities.”
Grewal said: “Lately our streets have become a battle ground for rival gangs and drug dealers, with the violence reaching near crisis proportions. This gang violence is unacceptable and demands action.”
She added: “Through [the Surrey Gang Reduction Program], we are providing at-risk youth with life and resiliency skills to help them move away from violence and the gang lifestyle.”
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