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Harper drops in to announce anti-gang funding

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and retiring MP Stockwell Day stopped by Surrey RCMP headquarters Tuesday for a briefing on a city program. - Brian Giebelhaus photo
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and retiring MP Stockwell Day stopped by Surrey RCMP headquarters Tuesday for a briefing on a city program.
— image credit: Brian Giebelhaus photo

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced renewed funding for anti-gang programs during a stop in Guildford Tuesday.

The federal government is committing $37.5 million over five years to renew the Youth Gang Prevention Fund, which funds community-based programs that are intended to keep children and youth away from gangs.

Prior to his announcement, Harper was briefed on one such initiative, the Wrap (Wraparound Surrey) program, during a stop at Surrey RCMP headquarters. He was told of some of the successes of the program, which provides longer-term services and support for gang-associated youth and their families, as well as resources for the education for the broader community.

Partners include the City of Surrey, the Integrated Gang Task Force and Public Safety Canada.

Media were given a limited amount of time to photograph the RCMP briefing before being escorted out. No questions were allowed.

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