CFSEU-BC Supt. Alison Laurin made the remark at a Kelowna press conference on Wednesday where police laid out the results of a summer gang enforcement blitz in the B.C. Interior.
“We know from individuals trying to leave the gang life that one of the top reasons youth become involved in gangs is for a sense of belonging. They are drawn in by the myth of easy money and a false sense of loyalty from the group,” Laurin said.
“Gangs use many tactics including music videos and social media as well as more traditional methods such as blackmail, creating indebtedness or participation in violence to recruit new members.”