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APD Chief zeroes in on gangs

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –   Albany's Police Chief says they have identified four gangs that are causing most of the crime and violence in the city.

Chief John Proctor told the Albany Gang Task Force meeting Thursday afternoon that Investigators identified 40 gang sects in the city. Of those 40, he says 14 are active, and four of those are the most violent and criminal.

Proctor refused to name the gangs, saying that would glorify them. The chief says the gang unit is having success pushing their leaders out of town, but says it will be a long struggle.

"It didn't get here overnight," said the Chief. "It won't go away overnight. The way you deal with it is to work on it long term." 

 In 2009, the Albany Police Gang Unit made 300 gang arrests, so far in 2010 they have already made 84 gang arrests.

 

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