Surrey RCMP hosting community forum on youth, online safety and fentanyl

Surrey:  The Surrey RCMP, along with the Surrey School District, is hosting a Community Safety Forum to provide parents, students, and residents with information on some of the risks and dangers faced by youth when they are online.

This forum will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 pm at Enver Creek Secondary School (14505 84th Street, Surrey).

Nick Chernoff from Safer Schools Together will be presenting valuable information on internet safety and how youth can easily and unknowingly get involved in unsafe activities online. He will equip parents to develop their own digital parenting strategy by sharing guidelines for a family tech plan and providing a snapshot of the current social media trends and apps of concern. Mr. Chernoff specializes in social media awareness and has been on the front line of safety and security issues for children and youth during his work for the Surrey School District in their Safe Schools Department.

During this forum, the Surrey RCMP will also provide information on Fentanyl and the risks and dangers of youth participating in recreational drug use. Punjabi speaking staff members and police officers will be available to speak to parents and residents.

Parents and those who work closely with children and youth are our closest allies when it comes to addressing the issue of youth and online safety, says Superintendent Shawn Gill, Community Services Officer. The digital world is constantly evolving and being used by an increasingly younger demographic. It is imperative that the police, parents, and schools work together to guide young people in creating a positive digital presence.

Pre-registration for this forum is not required. Doors to the venue will be open at 6:00pm.

 

Surrey RCMP investigating 34th shooting

by Tom Zytaruk – Surrey Now

SURREY/DELTA —  A man was injured from shattered glass after bullets hit the car he was in Monday night during Surrey’s 34th shooting of the year.

It happened at about 7:45 p.m., in the 7200-block of 152nd Street. Two cars were involved. “The suspect vehicle was seen fleeing from the scene shortly after the incident,” Surrey RCMP Sgt. Joe Johal said.

A white Chrysler 300 with bullet holes in it was found on 152nd Street and Highway 10 a short thereafter and the man with glass cuts was handcuffed and put in an  ambulance.

Police taped off a little strip mall at 72nd Avenue and 152nd Street for a few hours while they gathered evidence.

The Surrey RCMP has not revealed a motive for the shooting.

Meanwhile, Delta Police say the April 28 drive-by shooting in North Delta wasn’t connected with Surrey’s rash of shootings but resulted from a dispute between teenagers over property.

This was the first confirmed shooting in Delta since May 2015. Police say some of Surrey’s 34 shootings were over drug trafficking territory.

Delta’s shooting was not over drugs, Sgt. Sarah Swallow said. Police arrested two 19-year-old Delta men after shots were fired at a house and vehicle in North Delta on April 28. Both have been released from custody and are to appear in Surrey provincial court next month on charges of careless use of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of stolen property. Their names have not been released as the charges haven’t been formally sworn.

“A firearm was seized from the residence of one of the arrested males,” Swallow said. ‘Delta Police will continue to work with the families and community to address the background issues culminating in this incident.

“Subsequent to the initial investigation, Delta Police investigators now do not believe this shooting is related to the current situation occurring in Surrey, and that this incident is the result of an escalating personal property issue between teenagers.”

That said, she added that police are still taking this case very seriously.

Police were called to the 8500-block of 114th Street at about 8:30 p.m  April 27  in response to a call about shots being fired in the area but found no evidence. A white Chrysler 300, a gold coloured Honda and a white Lincoln were scene leaving the area, Swallow said.

Then, at 12:20 a.m. Delta Police responded to a second report of shots fired, this time in the 7700-block of 117th Street.

“On arrival, officers located a residence and vehicle that had been shot,” Swallow said. “No one in the residence or surrounding area was injured.”

Police found a gold coloured Honda they suspect was involved in the shooting and the two men were arrested.

“Unfortunately, the residents of the targeted house are uncooperative with the police investigation,” Swallow said.

Meantime, Delta Police Department has unleashed a dedicated crime-fighting squad onto the municipality’s streets. The DART, or Direct Action and Response Team, is a four-officer uniformed squad aimed at tackling emerging crime trends. It is active in this shooting case.

“Our major crime section started the investigation and the DART team will be continuing with it,” Swallow said.

“Their primary focus is on crime hot spots. Anything we see a spike in.”

Team leader Sgt. Mo Parry and constables Chris Cottrill, Lindsay Hallman and Ryan Lovera are working flexible shifts, keeping an eye on chronic offenders and “proactively targeting increases in crime through creative problem solving and direct targeting of identified activities and criminal individuals.”

Parry noted that officers on patrol traditionally respond to all calls for help with traffic usually their main focus “with trends and hot spots as a secondary function of their work when time allows.”

The DART project, he noted, will see the squad “effectively problem solve and target any such activities or hotspots the moment they become apparent.”

DART first hit the streets on March 30.

Surrey RCMP launches dedicated helpline for concerned parents

Surrey: A New helpline for parents and guardians to reach out to their local police in Surrey if they have concerns about their children becoming involved in illegal activities.

Residents can now contact the new Surrey RCMP Parent Helpline at 604-599-7800 if they believe their child is involved or at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity. Through this helpline, parents can get in touch with the Surrey RCMP’s specialized youth officers and youth counsellors who will be able to assist them with resources, police information, and intervention services. Parents who call the helpline and leave a message stating their name, phone number, and concern will have their call returned within 24 hours between Monday and Friday. English, Punjabi and French staff will be available.

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

Last month, the Surrey RCMP hosted a community safety forum on youth, drugs and violence along with the Surrey School District and CFSEU-BC. At the conclusion of the event, two families approached officers to discuss concerns about their children being involved in drug trafficking. As a result, Surrey RCMP officers are now working with these families to intervene in criminal activities and develop plans to help the youth exit the drug trade. The new Parent Helpline will give all Surrey parents access to police officers and intervention counsellors when they believe their children are involved in the drug trade or at risk of becoming involved.

Surrey RCMP offers a number of preventative and educational youth programs including the Wrap program, Code Blue, and Youth Police Academy as well as intervention programs such as the Youth Intervention and Restorative Justice programs. They also work with many external partners including the Surrey School District and other education, health, and social service providers.

“Surrey is a growing city with a significant youth population, the majority of which are creative, smart and enthusiastic members of our community. Unfortunately our young people are also targets for drug traffickers who exploit youth and lead them on a dangerous path with potentially fatal consequences,” says Assistant Commissioner Fordy. “That is why early intervention efforts by parents, police, schools, and the community are key in preventing young people from being lured into this lifestyle.”

Residents are reminded that the Parent Helpline is not a replacement for calling the non-emergency line (604-599-0502) if they need to report a crime, or 911 for crimes in progress or life-threatening situations.

For more information on our youth programs please visit the Programs and Services page on our website.

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April 5, 2016

Mounties are investigating after someone opened fire on the Surrey detachment.

The RCMP said city workers noticed a hole in an exterior window at the detachment building at 104 Avenue and 148 Street Tuesday morning.

It was initially believed to have been caused by a rock, possibly one that had been tossed from a lawn mower, but officers eventually discovered a bullet lodged in the drywall behind the window.

Mounties are still working to determine when the shooting happened

Officer in Charge speaks about online exploitation at victim services conference

Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer in Charge of the Surrey RCMP, recently spoke at a conference for victim services personnel that focussed on the online exploitation of child and youth. This is a growing trend and the Surrey RCMP is encouraging parents and child/youth care workers to take an active role in educating children and themselves on how to stay safe in the online world.

The October 24th conference, entitled “Innocence Gone in Seconds: Responding to Child and Youth Exploitation”, was hosted by the Fraser Regional Training Committee in Surrey, and presented information to victim services personnel on online luring and the impacts of victimization.

C/Supt. Fordy spoke to delegates about the challenges police face with respect to the crimes that are committed online and the investigative requirements to bring forward charges against those who victimize some of our most vulnerable citizens.

“The internet is not a thing, it’s a place. It’s a place full of people doing a lot of great things, but also some extremely bad things,” said C/Supt. Fordy in his opening address. “But policing the internet, in short, is extremely difficult, as it is a place where anonymity reigns.”

On average, approximately 15% of the files investigated by the Surrey RCMP’s Youth Unit involve some aspect of social media. In addition, almost 10% of cases seen by the Surrey RCMP’s Youth Intervention Program are related to online activity.

“Young people and parents need to be aware of the heightened risks that come with using online technology and to be cognizant of what you share over the internet,” says Sergeant Neil Kennedy with the Youth Unit. “From sending explicit photos to threats and bullying, we have seen the negative impacts that these types of activities can have on both victims and perpetrators. “

The Surrey RCMP continues to highlight the importance of being online savvy through its website, social media, and school talks. There are also a number of resources available that can assist in navigating the evolving online world of smart phones, apps, websites, and photo/video sharing programs.

Tips for Parents and Child/Youth Care Workers:

  • Open dialogue – take a proactive approach to internet safety and discuss the benefits and risks of online activity. Cybertip.ca has age-appropriate resources for parents and educators.
  • Unplug – encourage time away from computers and smart phones. You set the example.
  • Stay informed – sign up for Cybertip.ca Alerts to stay informed on the latest trends.

Tips for Children/Youth:

  • Know the risks – Be cautious about the personal details you share online. Information you give online may later be used against you. People are not always who they say they are.
  • Think before you share – Once you take and share an explicit photo or video it is out of your control. There is a high chance it will be shared with others or posted online.
  • Seek help and report –If you can turn to a parent, guardian or school official, do so. Report internet-related crimes via our non-emergency number 604-599-0502. The website needhelpnow.ca can help navigate what to do if you are impacted by a photo or video that has been shared.

More information is available in the “Protect Yourself” section at www.surrey.rcmp.ca.

Surrey RCMP wraps up inaugural Citizen Police Academy

The Surrey RCMP on November 26th, 2014, wrapped up its inaugural Citizen Police Academy with a special ceremony for all participants acknowledging their completion of the program.

The ten week academy provided a group of Surrey citizens and business owners with an inside look into policing through interactive learning sessions delivered by officers and staff. The goal was to foster a better understanding between the public and the RCMP and explore how they can work together to enhance public safety. It is the hope of the Surrey RCMP that participants use what they have learned and go on to become ambassadors for crime prevention in their community.

The program was, without a doubt, a resounding success, says Corporal Nicky Noonan, lead organizer of the Citizen Police Academy. While this was our first attempt at such a program, we were very encouraged by the feedback we received from both participants and presenters.

Some of the feedback from participants included:

Today, I consider myself a well-informed citizen of Surrey and [am] very grateful for the opportunity.

Without a doubt, I can say that you have 25 more members out in our community who will strive for the betterment of society. Keep it up!

I was unaware of just how many programs and departments there are and how each of them work. What a great way to see how our community benefits… Thank you for allowing me a behind the scenes look.