News 1130 Radio – February 19 2015 – Will the accusations against Abbotsford officers affect progress made in reducing gang activity?

Will the accusations against Abbotsford officers affect progress made in reducing gang activity?
Officers being investigated for misconduct

February 19, 2015

By Sonia Aslam – News 1130

Abbotsford (NEWS1130) – Over the past few years, the Abbotsford Police Department has cut down on the amount of gang activity in the city.

Does yesterday’s announcement of 17 officers being investigated affect the progress they’ve already made?

Local author and expert Ranj Dhaliwal says gang members may not take the force seriously right now.

“It doesn’t look very good,” he admits. “I don’t think that there’s going to be many more gangsters out there that are going to look at this as an appealing way to come out of that lifestyle, especially if they can’t trust the police force in itself.”

But he thinks this whole thing will likely blow over the in the next few months.

“There’s a very skeptical eye on how the police are doing the work to combat gang violence and the drug activity that’s out there. I know they’re probably going to go on a marketing scheme after this to increase their image, but their image is pretty shot up right now.”

He says it helps their image that both the city’s mayor and police chief are going to bat for these members.