Diana Hutchinson holds a sign calling for changes in the justice system during a rally for community safety and crime reduction on Sunday at the Newton Seniors Centre. At left

Diana Hutchinson holds a sign calling for changes in the justice system during a rally for community safety and crime reduction on Sunday at the Newton Seniors Centre. At left

Surrey residents rally for safety

About 200 people attend citizen-organized event in Newton.

A crowd of about 200 people attended a rally in Surrey Sunday to discuss community safety and crime prevention at Newton Seniors Centre.

Residents, community advocates and two police officers spoke about policing and justice system concerns, as well as concepts and initiatives aimed at making neighbourhoods safer.

The event was organized by local activist Naida Robinson following the murder of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch.