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Vernon Jones speaks at gang seminar

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Fighting gangs is a top priority for Albany and Dougherty County law enforcers, School leaders, and elected officials.

A former metro Atlanta leader says now the community needs to step up to help.

Former DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Vernon Jones spoke at a seminar  for representatives from all the law enforcement agencies, city manager, city commissioners, and schools.

Jones said starting and funding the Albany Police Gang unit and sharing intelligence among all agencies are keys to locking up gangs. But he said now the community has to join in the fight.

"Now we have to get parents involved," said Jones. "They have to look at their children's activities. Go in their rooms, go through their personal things if you will, because they can pick up on the signs that there may be some gang related activities associated with their child."

Jones said community leaders should not try to deny gang problems such as last week's shootings. Instead, they should publicize the fact that Albany is fighting gangs to keep the streets safe.

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