ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The Albany gang unit is working hard to combat violence in the city, but they say they need more help. The gang unit arrested 407 people last year.
Most of them were men over 18, and most the gangs were in the heart of the city in Ward three.
Now, Chief John Proctor wants to do more than just enforcement. He wants to do more gang prevention and intervention programs and says he needs more help to do that.
He's asking the city for money for two additional officers and a clerical worker to keep up with all the paperwork.
"Yes, I think it's working," said Proctor. "We have made a great inroads in it. But it's not at a point that we could not continue to work on it. I think it's evident in that, I hate to say this, but we're pushing them out of here and we believe they're going other places."
The cost of the three new employees and more equipment the unit is requesting would be about $200,000.
Commissioners plan to pay for the expenses this year from Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia trust fund money. After that, the plan is to pay for the salaries out of the general fund.