The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) led a month-long initiative in collaboration with the Surrey, Langley and Burnaby RCMP in an effort to reduce opportunities for gang violence in identified high-risk place and times.
Throughout the project CFSEU-BC’s UGET seized: firearms, suspected illicit substances including fentanyl, cocaine, and methamphetamine, $50,561 Canadian cash, 5 vehicles and 87 weapons (knives, bear spray, brass knuckles, batons, crossbow, combat hatchets and axes).
In total, UGET created 213 files, of which 40 involve criminal and provincial investigations and charges.
Using information from previous gang-related violent events, the CFSEU-BC’s Uniform Gang Enforcement Team was deployed into identified areas during specific times of the day and worked with officers from the Surrey RCMP Gang Enforcement Team, Burnaby Gang Enforcement Team and Langley RCMP Project Team to enhance their respective suppression and enforcement efforts.
“Gang and organized crime-related activities and violence impacts every community in British Columbia. Working with our partners in Surrey, Langley, and Burnaby, enhanced patrols and time spent along high-traffic corridors in these jurisdictions sought to not only disrupt gang activity, but also to provide more opportunities for the interdiction of illegal weapons and commodities,”saidSuperintendent Alison Laurin, CFSEU-BC’s Deputy Operations Support Officer.
Using past crime data as a guide to where to most effectively deploy officers, the objective was to mitigate, disrupt, and suppress violence through proactive and high visibility enforcement,Laurin informed.