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Mayor's Action Plan on Gang Violence Prevention

Mayor's Action Plan on Gang Violence Prevention

Tackling gang violence in Surrey is a priority. To help address the issue Mayor Hepner announced the Mayor’s Action Plan on Gang Violence Prevention in August 2017. This initiative is driven by the concern that gang related violence is plaguing our region. The goal of the Action Plan is to ensure that all possible actions are taken in our community, region and province for the prevention of gang violence. Key initiatives included in the Mayor’s Action Plan are the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention and the Mayor’s Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility.

Mayor's Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention

In October 2017, Mayor Hepner launched the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention. The Task Force, made up of 23 community partners, was formed to review existing programs and initiatives that target gang-related violence and formulate new recommendations for enhancing or expanding existing programs and implementing new initiatives.

On July 3, 2018, after the six month review concluded, the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention: Findings and Action Steps report was released. In addition to recommending enhanced police enforcement, other action steps include an expanded gang exiting program, the launch of an Inadmissible Patrons Program and the need for enhanced early interventions and stronger neighbourhood-based, culturally appropriate prevention programs. To implement these actions, commitment from all three levels of government and partners across our community will be needed.

“Partnerships are key when addressing complex public safety issues and I commend the City for drawing people together. The Federal Government is committed to supporting Surrey in their efforts to help stop the gang violence that is occurring in B.C. communities.” — Gordie Hogg, Member of Parliament for South Surrey–White Rock.

Mayor's Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility

The Mayor’s Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility recognizes an agency, school or program that has gone above and beyond in making a positive impact in our community by fostering civic responsibility in Surrey’s children and youth. Nominations begin in March each year with the winner being announced in May. The winning program is awarded $10,000 that goes towards program development and sustainability.

The 2018 Mayor’s Award for Fostering Civic Responsibility winner was the L.A. Matheson’s Mustang Justice Program.

For more information please email publicsafety@surrey.ca.

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