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#StopGunsGangsBC: September Update

The Province, anti-gang units and local police continue to make progress on British Columbia’s $23-million expanded Guns and Gangs Strategy.

Actions completed since Sept. 8, 2016, include:

Cross-government efforts in addition to the Guns and Gangs Strategy:

  • Participation on the UBCM panel re: gang violence and community safety: http://www.ubcm.ca/EN/meta/news/news-archive/2016-archive/gang-violence-in-our-communities.html
  • As of Aug. 31, 2016, the Canada Border Services Agency in the Pacific Region made 23 fentanyl seizures totalling nearly 6,000 grams of the lethal drug, already surpassing the number of fentanyl seizures made in 2015. In addition to fentanyl, there have been two significant seizures of carfentanil in the Pacific region this year.

Significant local enforcement announcements in September and October 2016:

Actions ongoing and underway:

  • Identifying specialized officers and staff who will form two new 10-person gang disruption and interdiction teams within the Combined Special Forces Unit – British Columbia (CFSEU-BC).
  • Staffing a new Office of Crime Reduction and Gang Outreach.
  • Surrey Crown counsel’s work to dedicate two full-time prosecutors and a paralegal to prioritizing cases linked to guns and gangs.
  • The development of the Crime Stoppers initiative focused on firearms.

Cross government work underway in addition to the Guns and Gangs Strategy:

  • Developing a gang-exit pilot program for adults, to become operational in fall 2016.

Recent, upcoming and ongoing local efforts to engage and inform parents and community members:

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