Coquitlam RCMP enhance safety with gang enforcement team

Coquitlam

2024-02-22 12:16 PST

Coquitlam RCMP enhances public safety strategies with Gang Enforcement Team.

Coquitlam RCMP’s Gang Enforcement Team (CGET) is focused on deterring and disrupting gang activity within Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Anmore, Belcarra and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nations.

Coquitlam RCMP formed the Gang Enforcement Team in March 2023. Since then, CGET has been a uniformed policing unit, dedicated to gang and violence suppression. CGET monitors gang members and associates, disrupts criminal activity and reduces the risk to public safety resulting from the actions of organized gangs. CGET conducts proactive, highly visible uniformed patrols in an effort to prevent criminal activities.

Group image of CGET uniform officers standing shoulder to shoulder together

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This type of criminal activity is often borderless and interconnected within multiple jurisdictions, said Inspector Chris Goebel, Officer of Community Programs which oversees CGET. We have seen the harm caused by organized crime, the drug trade and gang activity. Every day our officers work towards preventing harm and making our community a safer place to be, through targeted enforcement.

CGET works closely with several other agencies, including the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) and neighbouring police detachments. In partnership with CFSEU-BC, CGET and the Coquitlam Youth Detail Team conduct community outreach and education, such as the End Gang Life program, to deter recruitment and the continued involvement in criminal groups.

Sergeant Brenton Brady standing beside a police car

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Our officers are sending a message to these criminals that they are not welcome in our neighbourhoods, said Sergeant Brenton Brady, supervisor of CGET. Through education, prevention, disruption and enforcement, CGET is working towards creating a safer community.

To report a crime in progress, contact 9-1-1. For non-emergencies or to provide information about a previous investigation, contact Coquitlam RCMP at 604-945-1550.

Released by

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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