So here are the facts, since March 9, the Surrey RCMP and Delta Police Department have responded to 30 shootings, with 15 of those believed to be between two groups who are thought to be in competition over the street-level drug trade.
The community is alarmed by this crime wave, the victims of gun violence remain uncooperative and things simply seem to be sliding out of control. But thankfully, the combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC), Surrey RCMP, and Delta Police are taking a collaborative approach on the disruption and dismantling of the groups believed to be involved in the shootings that have occurred in Surrey and Delta over the past two months.
Atleast half the shootings are believed to be between two groups who are thought to be in competition over the street-level drug trade.
Since April 1, 40 vehicles failed to stop for police during the combined enforcement initiative, demonstrating that vehicles linked to the investigation are avoiding police at all costs.
Police officers do not engage in vehicle pursuits when it is deemed that a pursuit will endanger the lives of the public. On one occasion, a CFSEU-BC marked car was rammed by a suspect vehicle to avoid the traffic stop.
Despite these challenges, the three police agencies have been engaged in numerous enforcement and covert operations in order to identify witnesses, increase intelligence, and disrupt the illegal activities of the groups involved.
“We are continuing to work together to ensure community safety and that those engaging in this behaviour will be held accountable. These incidents remain our top priority and focus,” said Delta Police Acting Chief Lyle Beaudoin.
To date, four separate search warrants have been executed. Among them are Arman Dhatt, Pardip Brar and Rajvir Sunner.
“Police are doing everything they can to eliminate this threat. We are also collaborating with the community on many levels to ensure that we utilize all of the tools and resources available, including new and innovative approaches,” said Chief Superintendent Kevin Hackett, Officer-in-Charge of the CFSEU-BC.
On April 20 a dedicated tip line was launched to gather information about the shootings. To date, there have been 131 calls to the tip line with 14 being of high value to the investigations. Throughout the investigation it has become apparent that vehicles are fleeing from the police at an alarming rate.
“These criminals are once again showing a callous disregard for public safety by endangering the lives of the public through their reckless driving,” says Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy, Officer-in-Charge Surrey RCMP.
Ultimately the community will have to come together to prevent a new generation of young Canadians from following in the footsteps of these drug peddlars many of whom are living on borrowed time as rival gangs plot to eliminate each other.