Police target Lower Mainland gang violence in wake of shootings

Warning of rising violence

Surrey RCMP are warning of the potential for further retaliation as gang violence rises in the Lower Mainland.

The gang enforcement team is investigating a number of deadly shootings across the region during the past two weeks, including three in Surrey and one in Richmond.

In response, the detachment's gang enforcement team has "an aggressive plan to target criminals who put the community at risk," police say.

The plan prioritizes those who pose the highest risk to public safety because of their "actions, affiliations, involvement with gangs, and drug trafficking in the province."

Additional officers will be working across Surrey and will have direct contact with gang members and affiliates through increased curfew checks and continued targeted enforcement. 

Between Jan. 6 and 10, the unit conducted:

  • 21 establishment checks for the Inadmissible Patron Program, resulting in one person tied to the Lower Mainland gang conflict being thrown out
  • 13 outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse checks
  • 15 curfew checks of gang conflict participants currently living in Surrey
  • Nine drug investigations that resulted in the seizure of three vehicles

Partner units involved in the policing include the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Vancouver Police Gang Crime Unit, Burnaby RCMP Gang Enforcement Team, New West Police Gang Suppression Unit, Delta Police Department, and the Abbotsford Gang Crime Unit.

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