Police forces to team up to battle gang violence
Another shooting, another task force.
Vancouver Police were back at the scene of an earlier shooting in Marpole yesterday after residents reported hearing more gunfire during the night.
Police found a single shell casing at Granville Street and 70th Avenue, but it was not clear if it’s from Tuesday morning’s shooting that left two men dead.
Later in the day, RCMP announced the creation of a new integrated street-level response team, the Gang Violence Task Force Violence Suppression Team, which will unite police forces around the region.
Vancouver Police Chief Const. Jim Chu said the level of violence in the community demands that all police agencies band together. "We are merging our resources to create the largest street-level gang task force British Columbia has ever seen," he said.
The in-your-face intervention squad will actively seek out and confront gang members. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Al MacIntyre said the 60-member team will be on the streets by Nov. 14.
"We’re throwing the best people we can at this problem," he said. "Where we expect these people to be is where we’re going to be."
Tuesday, the VPD announced the creation of its own Gang Violence Task Force to combat escalating gang violence.