It’s a new approach to try and keep young people out of gangs.
Winnipeg Police are holding a gang awareness night downtown tomorrow.
Police Staff Sgt. Max Waddell says they’re hoping to get to the parents before gangs get to their kids.
“We see gang members that have younger siblings, six, seven, eight years of age, and they look up to their older siblings,” Waddell explains. “Often, unfortunately, they don’t have a lot,so that is a lifestyle that they quite often lead towards, but that’s what we’re trying to do: prevent that recruitment.”
Crime Stoppers are also doubling the cash rewards they pay for tips on gang members this month.
If you have some infomation – you could earn up to two thousand dollars.
“You don’t have to worry about anybody ever trying to figure out who you are,” explains Crime Stoppers boss Paul Johnson. “We don’t want to know who you are. We want to protect the program and we also want to protect that person’s identity.”
Police say there are still about 30-35 gangs on our streets. The event is at Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre on Langside Street. It runs from 6-8 p.m.