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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Even though gang violence is in the news almost daily, Albany's new police chief says the fight against gangs is making progress.
Chief John Proctor has been on the job for about three months and he said law officers are working diligently to combat gangs, but they need the public's help.
Chief Proctor waited till the cameras were off, but told the media that he is glad to see law enforcement in Albany working together and quote "kicking some butt" in their fight against gangs and drug dealers. But they can't do it alone.
Chief Proctor said many of the burglaries, robberies, and drug crimes plaguing Albany can be traced to gangs.
"We have to keep a focus on ridding the community of gang activity and all crime, because it is all intermingled. It is all attached, and you can not deal with one without dealing with the other," Proctor said.
But Proctor says the recent increase in drug raids by A.D.D.U., and the murder arrests of six leaders of the Black Gangsta Disciples show they are making progress in the fight against crime enterprises. Proctor says those gang leaders are pushing many of these crime problems.
"They encourage the young folks trying to get into the gangs to commit robberies, burglaries, all these other criminal acts. So that the folks at the top of the pile can reap the rewards," Proctor said.
Proctor says he see people getting energized, wanting to run criminals off their streets. He says more people are giving Police information and reporting gang activities to help take back their streets from gangs, and he is starting to see progress.
"We've got to get back into being proud of where we come from. Where we live. Let the criminals know they are not wanted here."
Proctor says parents have to take control of their children to keep them out of gangs, and says church leaders joining Police will give them a big boost in their fight against gangs.
Chief Proctor said more drug busts in outlying counties shows that criminals are moving their operations out of Albany, and says cooperation between all law enforcement agencies is another key to fighting gangs.