Community forum on crime takes place Tuesday in Surrey

City, police and school district host information meeting at Tamanawis Secondary.

The Surrey RCMP, City of Surrey, Surrey School District and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) are hosting a community forum tomorrow night to provide parents, students and area residents with information regarding the recent shootings in the area and the issues that are contributing to this type of violence.

The forum will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at Tamanawis Secondary School (12600 66 Ave).

“We understand that the community is very concerned,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “We would like to provide an opportunity to discuss the violence that is happening, what the police are doing and what the community can do.”

In attendance to provide information and answer questions from the public will be:

• Mayor Linda Hepner, City of Surrey;

• Chief Supt. Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge, Surrey RCMP;

• Rick Ryan, deputy superintendent, Surrey Schools;

• Chief Supt. Kevin Hackett, Chief Officer, CFSEU-BC.

There will also be Punjabi speaking staff members and police officers available to speak to parents and residents.

“Parents and community members can increase public safety by learning to recognize the signs of potential gang involvement in young people,” said Chief Supt. Kevin Hackett, chief officer of the CFSEU-BC. “It is critical that we work together so we can, as a community, guide children and youth back on a positive path and create resiliency.”

Dr. Jordan Tinney, Superintendent/CEO of Surrey Schools, said the district is committed to ‎providing a safe school environment and works closely with law enforcement to promote safe neighbourhoods for students and residents.

“We are pleased to co-host this community forum and hope parents and area residents will join us,” Tinney said.