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Gang Unit educates about gangs, asks for help

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Gang unit officers met with the Golden-K Kiwanis Club Wednesday to update club members on gang activity.

Officers showed what gang members are wearing, like camouflage hunting jackets. Outlawed in the local schools, officers say gang members will wear the camouflage jackets even in the heat.

Instead of bandanas, gang members are wearing different color Mardi Gras style beads to identify themeselves and their affiliations. Also hats or shirts with stars, the number of points on the stars differentiate gangs.

The gang unit is asking people to call them if they see things like this in their neighborhood.

"The public is going to be the first eyes on anything that happens. If we don't have a good working relationship with the community, then we are going to be subject to failure. So the best thing to save the community is to get the community involved," said Cpl. Tyrone Griffin of the Albany Police Gang Unit.

The gang unit officers are speaking to civic clubs and churches throughout Albany, asking people to let them know about gang information in their neighborhood, to combat the gang problem.

      • Click HERE to visit APD's Gang Resources website.

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