Police ready to address possible gang activity in Victoria

Red Scorpions, led by Jonathan Bacon and the Bacon Brothers, operate in Victoria

After a notorious gang member was killed in Kelowna Sunday, Victoria police say they are sharing information with the Integrated Gang Task Force.

“It’s naive to think that we don’t have any gang members in Victoria,” said VicPD spokesman Const. Mike Russell. “We have no indication of a gang problem here in Victoria but we are being very proactive.”

The gang task force was in Victoria over the Canada Day long weekend to deal with some files on the island.

Officers participating in the city’s Late Night Great Night strategy are learning what to do if a gang member shows up at a bar.

Jonathan Bacon, of the Bacon Brothers, was shot outside a hotel in daylight. While associates of the gang have been known to visit the island, the Bacon brothers themselves have not visited to police knowledge.

According to media reports, mainland police have said the Bacon Brothers control the Red Scorpions, a gang that also operates in Victoria.

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