January 17, 2018

Forfeited vehicles to be used to steer youth away from gang lifestyle

BC’s civil forfeiture program is releasing two vehicles formerly used by gangs and in the drug-trade — for community use.

Vehicles once involved in gang related lifestyles will now be used specifically to fight the kind of dirty work they used to do.

Sergeant Lindsey Houghton – with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

“In this case we’re looking at creative ways to engage the youth around BC and this will act as a conversational piece. So we’re going to be driving it across the province whether it’s in schools, community events or press release where we’re involved somehow with gang crime and enforcement,” Houghton says.

The forfeited vehicle will be a fully functional police vehicle and a rolling billboard with anti-gang messages.

Abbotsford Police has been doing this for a couple of years.

It’s been such a success, other municipalities are wanting to do the same.

CKNW Vancouver News

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