Gun Violence - RCMP Statement

Lower Mainland District

2021-04-22 14:04 PDT

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I would like to thank you all for being here this morning. The media are important partners in helping us reach the public.

I’m Chief Superintendent Will Ng and the Officer-in-Charge of Richmond Detachment.
However, today, I’m here to speak on behalf of the Lower Mainland District RCMP which represents 13 detachments, five Integrated Teams, providing specialized & frontline policing service to approximately 2 million citizens in the Lower Mainland.

The recent homicides in Langley, Coquitlam and Vancouver have a common theme.
They were all committed in public spaces, at busy times of the day, where kids, families, and even a city mayor were present, when they happened.

This is unacceptable to the BC RCMP, CFSEU, IHIT, and the Vancouver Police Department, which is why we are here today.

We know this makes the public extremely uneasy and the police share your concerns.

We often tell the public that the victims were known to police. It also stands to reason that the suspects are known to police. But what does this mean? It means, they often have a documented criminal past. It means the police agencies represented here today, share intelligence on people actively involved in criminal activity. We conduct curfew checks where appropriate. A large part of our due diligence is to supress the criminal activity in order to mitigate these violent acts.

I can say today, that the police agencies represented here will be working together and stepping up suppression efforts around the Lower Mainland, through targeted enforcement, increased patrols and enhanced intelligence sharing. We take our commitment to the public seriously.

As a detachment commander in Richmond, on the frontline, I understand how these crimes impact the public’s feeling of their own personal safety—and the 12 other detachment commanders within the Lower Mainland District RCMP also understand this.

Lastly, I would like to send out my condolences to the families of the victims in these latest homicides. We will do all we can to discover the motive and suspects behind these violent acts that have touched so many families this past week.

Chief Superintendent Will Ng
Officer-in-Charge Richmond Detachment
Lower Mainland District

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