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Delta's police chief to meet with Surrey's top cop to talk violence

Last Updated Jul 3, 2015 at 8:26 am PDT

Summary

There have been nearly 40 shootings in Delta and Surrey in recent months

Few arrests as communities south of the Fraser grapple with gun violence

DELTA (NEWS 1130) – Following nearly 40 shootings in Surrey and Delta in recent months, about half of those linked to a low-level drug turf war, Delta’s new police chief wants to meet with Surrey’s top cop.

In North Delta alone, there have been five shootings since the beginning of the year, but Delta Police Chief Neil Dubord points out the most recent shooting was back in April.

“In April, we started a whole bunch of new initiative that we put in place to have assisted us — knock on wood — in being able to prevent some of the shootings going forward and we’ve been very fortunate that way.”

He adds one of those initiatives is using a proactive patrol strategy. “We started with some significant criminal investigations which led to some search warrants and some significant arrests which have helped out. And getting out in front of it and checking out the bars and the businesses, and making sure that we have the right customers in those particular locations.”

Dubord says as Delta’s new police chief, his priorities include preparing an upcoming budget and getting to know everyone in the community. But, the meeting with Surrey RCMP’s Chief Superintendent about the gun violence is right up there.

“Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy and I saw each other at the Chiefs of Police meeting here about two weeks ago and we said, ‘We both have to get together for a coffee,’ and ensure that our plans are aligned and we have a good strategy moving forward.”

Dubord adds he’ll likely meet with Fordy sometime over the next week or so.