SURREY â€” In the wake of repeated gunfire in the city over the past several weeks â€“ 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.).
â€œWe understand that the community is very concerned,â€ said Mayor Linda Hepner in a release. â€œWe would like an opportunity to discuss the violence that is happening, what the police are doing and what the community can do.â€
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.
â€œIt is critical that we work together so we can, as a community, guide children and youth back on a positive path and create resiliency,â€ added Hackett.
Hepner and Hackett will be providing information and answering questions at the event Tuesday, as will Surreyâ€™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.