Solicitor General Reacts to Gang Violence in Williams Lake
Prince George, B.C. – Victoria is keeping a watchful eye on the recent crime wave that’s been plaguing Williams Lake.
The most recent act of violence was an early morning shooting yesterday on Western Avenue which forced the lockdown of local schools. One suspect is in police custody and a gun has been seized in relation to the incident.
Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris says the provincial government takes what’s happening there “very seriously.”
“The gun violence is not acceptable and neither is endangering the lives of innocent bystanders. We want all families to be safe and as Solicitor General I want to assure the people of Williams Lake that significant law enforcement resources are targeting those involved in this criminal activity and subjecting them to the full rigour of the law.”
He says an example of government action is the recently announced $23 million dollar boost to the Province’s ‘Guns and Gangs’ strategy, which promises more police teams and more prosecutors in fighting gang violence.
Morris also points out BC’s anti-gang unit “has been engaged in Williams Lake for some time” while “government staff have been meeting with key civic and First Nations leaders to support them in building a community safety plan that includes a vision for reducing violent, prolific offending in the region.”
He also acknowledges simply targeting prolific offenders isn’t always enough.
“Local knowledge and community leadership is critical to the success of this work, and that’s why we’ve been gathering input, and assure the local leaders that we support their crime-prevention and reduction priorities.”