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Gang violence in Surrey: Christy Clark announces money for Wrap Project for at-risk youth

04/28/2015 04:35 EDT | Updated 08/03/2015 05:59 EDT
B.C. Premier Christy Clark has announced more money to the RCMP's Wrap Project, a program to help at-risk youth who exhibit signs of gang-associated behaviour.

Clark made the announcement at Surrey City Hall Tuesday afternoon, following calls for the province to take action on the ongoing gang turf war that has killed one man.

The money, a one-time contribution of $270,000, would cut the waiting list in half for youth referred to the program, said Clark.

"Our goal is a violence-free BC. And that means making sure that young people aren't going into gangs," said Clark.

Community members and a former NDP cabinet minister have called for action from officials after six weeks that saw 22 shootings and the homicide of Arun Bains, nephew of NDP MLA Harry Bains.

Bains returned to the B.C. legislature on Tuesday morning, for the first time since his nephew was killed.

He said the province hasn't put enough money toward prevention of young people joining gangs, and implored politicians to set aside political differences on the issue.

Delta police deploy tower cameras

Meanwhile, police in Delta, B.C. today announced they will use new cameras as a crime deterrent in response to gun violence spreading across communities south of the Fraser River.

They have deployed a trailer with cameras mounted on a 30-foot tower. Its location will move, but it will start at 80 Avenue and 120 Street, said police in a release.

The cameras will be in operation around the clock, and only police will have access to the footage following an incident.

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