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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department's new Gang Unit is heading into the classroom.

That initiative began Friday as officers took their message about the dangers of gangs directly to kids gangs may try to recruit.

Police hope it will give students the confidence to say no to gang life.

"It's never too young to get in trouble," said Tyrone Griffin, APD Gang Unit.

That's what officers told the students at Merry Acres Middle School.

"It's vital to talk to young people these days to enlighten them on what they face when it comes to the gangs," said Griffin.

This group of six graders listened, as APD Gang Unit officers let them know about how easy it is for police to spot a gang member.

"Gold and black, and green and black," said Brennon Farmer, 6th Grade.

Colors, markings and gang signs, Brennon Farmer and fellow 6th graders now know about.

"Gangs are well and alive in Albany, and we want to let these students know they're other options for them," said Griffin.

As they told students both boys and girls their age have already made the wrong choices.

"Yes girls they have their clicks, gangs are not specific towards race, or gender," said Griffin.

APD says working with the school system they can make a difference.

As more of these conversations take place at schools across the county they hope their words don't fall on deaf ears.

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