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Gang members beware; Richmond Mounties will soon be frequenting your favourite hangouts.
At least, that’s the plan, according to Richmond RCMP Cpl. Dennis Hwang.
Members of the RCMP’s organized crime unit and their colleagues from the general duty section, will be conducting proactive gang patrols.
It’s part of an effort to deter gangs from using Richmond as a ‘hangout’ or a ‘place to do business’, Hwang said.
To ensure they’re doing an effective job, Mounties will be reaching out to local businesses and collaborating with them in locations where these gang members may be setting up shop.
“We recognize that no municipality, including Richmond, is immune from the impact of gangs and organized crime,” said Richmond RCMP Supt. Will Ng. “As such, we are implementing measures that actively target those individuals associated to these gangs. These gang members and their associates show zero regard for the safety of our good citizens.”
Mounties said the potential hazard gang members pose to innocent bystanders may be rare, but is nevertheless real.
One of the goals is to disrupt the day-to-day movements of gang members and their associates.
If you know of a spot frequented by suspected gang members or their associates, call the Richmond RCMP’s organized crime unit by calling 604-207-4851, or leave an anonymous tip at 1-800-222-8477.