City of Surrey, police and school district plan forum in wake of shootings

SURREY — In the wake of repeated gunfire in the city over the past several weeks – 21 shootings in Surrey and Delta in a matter of 38 days – the city, police and school district have come together to host a community forum on April 21 at 7 p.m. at Tamanawis Secondary (12600 66th Ave.).

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“We understand that the community is very concerned,” said Mayor Linda Hepner in a release. “We would like an opportunity to discuss the violence that is happening, what the police are doing and what the community can do.”

Chief Supt. Kevin Hackett, chief officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), said parents and others in the community can increase public safety by learning to recognize the signs of potential gang involvement in youth.

“It is critical that we work together so we can, as a community, guide children and youth back on a positive path and create resiliency,” added Hackett.

Hepner and Hackett will be providing information and answering questions at the event Tuesday, as will Surrey’s top cop Bill Fordy and Rick Ryan, deputy superintendent for the Surrey School District.  

There will be Punjabi-speaking staff members and officers available to speak to those in attendance.

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