Members of VPD’s School Liaison and Gang Crime units will present school-based presentations on the realities of gangs that will be specifically tailored to appeal to Vancouver students. Davey said the goal is to reach over 4,000 students from over 18 different schools. CFSEU-BC Staff Sergeant and creator of the End Gang Life initiative, Lindsey Houghton, said this program will take years of investment and dedication in order to see positive results.
“A generational shift in thinking is going to need to take place where young people think it’s no longer okay to sell drugs, do drive-by shootings, extort other children, and create tragedy in our communities.” – Lindsey Houghton, CFSEU-BC Staff Sergeant and creator of the End Gang Life initiative
Houghton started the End Gang Life initiative in 2013 and said without a doubt the program has saved lives. He said CFSEU-BC officers often have youth come up to them after presentations and say they feel empowered to say no to selling drugs or getting involved with gangs. “Having the Vancouver Police Department as another ambassador for End Gang Life, and relaying its important messages of prevention and education, is a critical piece that may empower youth and young adults to stand up to gangs and make positive choices,” said Sergeant Houghton.