Nanaimo schools get money to address gang violence
Tulsa, Okla. (May 4, 2011)
Operation Triple Beam II is a two-week U.S. Marshals led campaign against Tulsa area gangs. Deputies from the U.S. Marshals, along with officers from the Tulsa Police Department and several other agencies, targeted gang members with outstanding warrants and stepped up the number of pedestrian checks and vehicle stops. These increased efforts resulted in 129 arrests, 24 guns taken off Tulsa streets, $19,759 seized and the seizure of $11,896 in illegal drugs. The Marshals Service has been helping local law enforcement conduct anti-gang operations throughout the country for the last two years to help reduce the number of violent crimes due to gang activity.
Credit photo: Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals
Students, parents, educators, law enforcement and local partners in 12 B.C. communities will begin receiving additional support and training opportunities to help at-risk kids get off the pathway to gun and gang violence.
The province is investing one point 1-2 million dollars in the initiative.
The funding supports the new ERASE school-based gang prevention program.
It will be offered in priority communities identified by police and safety experts as those that could benefit from additional gang prevention support.
Those communities include Nanaimo.
The sessions will be provided by Safer Schools Together, the Ministry of Education’s service-delivery partner for ERASE.
Topics will include an overview of the current B.C. gang landscape, how gang members are recruiting, myths and realities of gang membership, warning signs and how to help if someone is being recruited or is already involved in gang-related activity.