Surrey RCMP host fall Neighbourhood Safety Meetings

Surrey

2016-09-12 11:50 PDT

This fall, the Surrey RCMP will continue to host Neighbourhood Safety Meetings to provide residents with the information they need on crime and nuisance issues to enhance the livability of their communities.

These Neighbourhood Safety Meetings provide residents with information on localized crime trends, current policing initiatives, and how to engage with police in crime prevention and report crime and suspicious activity. The meetings will be hosted by senior Surrey RCMP officers and attended by Youth Unit and Community Response Unit (CRU) officers as well as city officials. Pre-registration is not required.

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The Surrey RCMP also has plans for a number of other initiatives to engage with the community and youth this fall.

The detachment is launching its annual Youth and Citizen Police Academies next week (September 14) with 52 participants who were selected over the summer. This eight week interactive learning series aims to better foster understanding between Surrey citizens and the RCMP and give the participants a glimpse at the world of policing.

In addition, the Surrey RCMP will be continuing a number of youth engagement initiatives in local schools this fall including the WRAP program, Code Blue after school fitness program, high fives at elementary schools, and End-Gang Life presentations with CFSEU-BC. These early intervention activities gives kids a chance to talk to police officers in a positive environment and are key to preventing them from being lured into a criminal lifestyle with negative, and potentially fatal, consequences.

The Surrey RCMP is committed to providing a multifaceted approach to addressing public safety concerns, says Surrey RCMP Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. A key component of our strategy is working together with the community on a number of enforcement, prevention, and intervention efforts aimed at supporting children, youth, and families.

This past summer, the Surrey RCMP was involved in a number of community engagement initiatives. Our new Community Engagement Teams attended approximately 50 events and engaged with over 14,000 people at various locations around the city. The teams are part of the detachment’s effort to increase positive connections with young people and families. The Surrey RCMP’s Parent Help Line (604-599-7800) also received 38 calls over the summer from parents with concerns about their children’s involvement in illegal activities.

The newly expanded Surrey RCMP Diversity Unit delivered over 40 presentations to over 2,000 residents, many who were refugees or newcomers to Canada. The presentations focused on dispelling any misinformation or misunderstanding about police that may have been acquired from their homeland or peer groups and has led to additional forums being planned in multiple languages.

The Surrey RCMP’s Bike Unit was also busy this summer making over 100 arrests for a variety of property and nuisance offences as well as taking those in custody with multiple outstanding warrants. The Unit also provided a visual police presence throughout the city and attended a number of community events.
 

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