Justice Minister Shirley Bond Announces Funding to Help Combat Gang Violence and Other Measures to Support BC Families

The B.C. government is spending $66 million to help fight gang violence in the province, Justice Minister Shirley Bond announced Tuesday.

Bond said the money would be used to continue funding 168 anti-gang police officers with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

Bond made several other announcements Tuesday, which she called the second pillar of Liberal government's "families first" agenda:

  • A Family Law Act will come into effect on March 18, 2013, aimed at helping to reduce pressures on the courts.
  • Thirty-five new child protection program mediators have been added to improve the availability of mediation services for vulnerable families in remote, rural and Aboriginal communities.
  • B.C.'s Justice Access Centres will be expanded to provide additional access to front-end justice information and services.
Posted: June 20, 2012