Surrey mayor, police chief say they have a plan for 135A Street

Linda Hepner said it's a "work in progress" that will be revealed "in the coming weeks."

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner and Surrey RCMP Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald

SURREY — The Surrey RCMP and city hall are developing a “comprehensive” plan to tackle crime and social ills along Whalley’s notorious 135A Street but exactly what that will entail remains to be seen.

Chief Superintendent Dwayne McDonald isn’t revealing details prior to the plan’s  launch, which is expected to happen “in the weeks to come.” Nor is Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner, who is calling it “a work in progress.”

McDonald did say that “it’s not strictly a law enforcement, policing focus that we’re looking to adopt in that area.”

The plan, he said, “will not only provide a strong measure of public safety in the area, but also will help us to address the social issues and transition people into the services that they need in order to meet the struggle they are dealing with.”

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said she sees “the vulnerability of that area all of the time” given 135A Street’s proximity to city hall.

“I can tell you quite frankly that we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars from bylaw work as well that goes on there.

“When we announce in the coming weeks what it is we are going to do there, it will include many different services and I can say to you right now that we will be closer to the ground in that area with what we’re going to be putting together in the coming weeks.”

Asked to flesh out the details, Hepner told the Now “We won’t be doing that today; it’s a work in progress.”

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

Surrey-Langley curlers in the running again for gold

Junior men’s team out of Langley hopes to defend its world title Sunday, going up against Switzerland

Surrey Central SkyTrain Station upgrades completed

It’s the seventh station along Expo Line to see upgrades completed. Construction began in March 2017

Semiahmoo Trail students surpass Coldest Night fundraising goal

Rocco Forte and his team are third-year participants in Saturday’s Coldest Night of the Year walk

Tardi and team playoff bound in junior curling worlds tonight

Friday night Team Canada’s men’s team faces off against Norway, hoping to secure a spot in the finals

Surrey students learn the ins and outs of business through workers’ co-operative

Mentors work with youth in voluntary after-school program

VIDEO: Giants earn 40th victory in a 4-0 triumph over Victoria

G-Men move within a point of clinching the B.C. division banner at Friday’s at-home game in Langley

Girl heard saying ‘Help my Dad’ in suspicious radio message on Vancouver Island

Police asking for help following mysterious signals from somewhere between Comox and Sayward

Reports of rashes prompt closure of all Harrison Hot Springs pools

Public pool available after Fraser Health shut down all five mineral pools until further notice

Man sentenced to 7 years for smuggling drugs and shooting at border guards in Sumas

Nathan Hall was arrested in Abbotsford in 2013 after day-long manhunt

No treatment for highly infectious measles, says doctor

10 cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver as of Friday

Two more measles cases confirmed in Vancouver

It brings the number of total cases within the city connected to the outbreak to ten

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Most Read