- The Province puts $22 million a year into its anti-gang strategy and keeping dedicated anti-gang officers on the streets.
- The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC), the province's anti-gang agency, has operations teams based in the Lower Mainland, Victoria, Kelowna and Prince George.
- This integrated joint forces operation develops and draws highly-specialized officers from federal, provincial and municipal agencies.
- This integrated approach enhances intelligence sharing, co-ordination and strategic deployment against threats of violence posed by gangs and organized crime groups.
- Gang and organized crime transcends jurisdictions and no single organization can tackle it on its own.
- Integrated intelligence units, response units and combined enforcement units such as CFSEU-BC continue to play a vital role at every level, from local to international.
- Together, these teams have arrested hundreds of gang members and associates and disrupted countless illegal and often violent activities, many of which endanger the public.
- CFSEU-BC's investigative highlights and outcomes include:
- Significant disruption of the United Nations (UN) Gang and the Red Scorpions, including the arrest and detainment of a number of UN gang leaders and two of the Bacon Brothers from the Red Scorpions.
- The seizure of large quantities of drugs and hundreds of firearms across the province, including high-calibre weapons, assault rifles, silencers, grenades and many thousands of rounds of ammunition.
- The reduction of gang-related murders, and incarceration of significant organized crime figures for conspiracy to commit murder;
- Greater sharing of intelligence and expertise.
- B.C. has laws to prohibit operating an armoured vehicle without a permit, and vehicles with after-market hidden compartments.
- B.C. also has laws restricting the sale and use of body armour and requiring health-care facilities to report gunshot and stab wounds to police.
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Ministry of Justice