Alberta will spend $1.2 million to help launch a broad plan to wipe out gang crime, mainly by starving it of new recruits, the provincial justice minister announced yesterday.

“This will be a blueprint for actions against gangs in Alberta,” Alison Redford said at a news conference to unveil the Alberta Gang Reduction Strategy document.

“It’s a comprehensive framework. It will form policy. It will support programs, and it will show both partners and government the way forward.”

The document promises actions to meet 28 targets with the twin goals of breaking up entrenched gangs and stopping them from recruiting kids who are poor or susceptible to pursuing a life of crime.

“We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. It’s more complex than that,” said Solicitor General Frank Oberle, who joined Redford along with Calgary police Chief Rick Hanson and Edmonton’s acting deputy police chief.

The government announced it will give $450,000 to Calgary police to invest in the Integrated Ballistic Identification System, also known as IBIS.

IBIS makes it quicker and faster for police to trace bullets to guns.

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