Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$7.5M, 5-Year Federal Program to Help Surrey, B.C., Divert Youth from Gang Life

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

$7.5M, 5-Year Federal Program to Help Surrey, B.C., Divert Youth from Gang Life

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$7.5M in federal anti-gang funds for Surrey, B.C.

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SURREY, B.C. - The federal government has announced $7.5 million in funding to help the City of Surrey fight criminal gangs.

Bill Blair, minister of border security and organized crime reduction, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made the announcement Tuesday in Surrey.

The funds will support the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program, a collaborative project aimed at reaching youth at risk of joining gangs.

Public Safety Canada says in a news release that the program emerged from the findings of the Surrey mayor's task force on gang violence prevention.

The government says as many as 4,730 Surrey teenagers, between 13 and 17 years old, are expected to benefit from this project over five years. …

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