Surrey RCMP launch helpline for parents worried their children are involved in crime

Messages left in English, French or Punjabi from callers leaving name, phone and concern will receive a call in 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Police launch helpline for parents worried their children are involved in crime

SURREY — The Surrey RCMP has set up a special helpline for parents who are worried their children might be involved in criminal activity.

The Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline at 604-599-7800 will put concerned parents in touch with specialized youth officers and counsellors who will furnish them with resources, police information  and intervention, according to an RCMP press release.

Messages can be left in English, French or Punjabi and callers leaving their name, phone number and concern can expect to receive a call within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

“Parents have concerns about their kids, especially those who may be heading toward the criminal lifestyle and at risk of being involved in the drug trade,” Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy said.

“This new helpline will provide a central location for parents to obtain information relating to youth and crime and how they can best protect their children from crime.”

Corporal Scotty Schumann said the intention of the help line is primarily “to give help” to parents dealing with “behavioural issues” as opposed to being a tool of investigation.

tom.zytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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