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Police continue 'aggressive plan' to target Lower Mainland criminals following deadly shootings

Individuals who pose the highest risk because of criminal activity top the list
Police units across Metro Vancouver are working together to suppress the current gang activity.

Mounties in Surrey have deployed their gang enforcement team to deal with the recent gang-related activity in the region.

There have been a number of deadly shootings across the Lower Mainland over the past two weeks, including three in Surrey and one in Richmond.

Surrey RCMP say in a media release there is potential for further retaliation among individuals involved. 

In response, the detachment's gang enforcement team (SGET) has "an aggressive plan to target criminals who put the community at risk." The plan prioritizes people who pose the highest risk to public safety because of their "actions, affiliations, involvement with gangs, and drug trafficking in the province."

Additional SGET officers will be working across Surrey, the release notes, and will have direct contact with gang members and affiliates in the community, through increased curfew checks as well as continued targeted enforcement. 

Between Jan. 6 and 10, SGET conducted:

  • 21 establishment checks for the Inadmissible Patron Program, resulting in one person tied to the Lower Mainland gang conflict (LMDGC) being thrown out
  • 13 outlaw motorcycle gang clubhouse checks
  • 15 curfew checks of LMDGC participants currently living in Surrey
  • Nine drug investigations that resulted in the seizure of three vehicles

SGET is working in partnership with all regional gang units, including Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Vancouver Police Gang Crime Unit, Burnaby RCMP Gang Enforcement Team, New West Police Gang Suppression Unit, Delta Police Department and the Abbotsford Gang Crime Unit.