Surrey RCMP launches new tool to spread awareness about gang violence


2024-01-10 09:33 PST

Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team (SGET) has launched a new tool to educate youth about gang violence in the hopes of changing their perspective and preventing them from getting involved in gangs.

As a new addition to SGET’s Shattering the Image school presentation, officers will be sharing a powerful new video that has been created specifically for Surrey youth. The video features a person who was involved in gangs. He was previously convicted of second-degree murder and imprisoned for 12 years. His story helps to expose the grim reality of what can happen when youth get involved in gangs and drugs.

The video also includes an interview with the mother of an innocent victim of homicide, who explains how the murder of her son shattered her world. Through sharing her grief, she provides insight into the long-lasting impact of gang-related crimes.

We want to show our youths the reality of joining gangs and the consequences they will face if they chose to go down that path. Education and awareness are key preventative measures when it comes to curbing the ongoing gang conflict in our communities, says Inspector Ryan Element, Proactive Enforcement Officer.

SGET created Shattering the Image in 2018, and it has become one of the most important and sought after presentations Surrey Detachment delivers to the community. The presentation, which is tailor-made for Surrey youth, provides hard facts about gangs and drugs, and aims to help teens make positive choices to avoid the gang lifestyle. SGET has delivered the presentation over 500 times, to well over 10,000 youth in schools and community settings, as well as for many other community partners.

We hope that by listening to the stories of these individuals who were directly impacted by gang violence, our youths and community at large will have a better understating of what is at stake says Inspector Element.

If your school or organization wants to be part of the change and would like to schedule a presentation, please send your request to

For media inquiries contact:
Cpl. Sarbjit K. Sangha
Surrey RCMP Media Relations Unit
Office: 604-599-7776

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