Kids & Gangs - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Kids & Gangs

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Major road project takes a step forward

    Major road project takes a step forward

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 12:02 AM EDT2014-04-23 04:02:45 GMT
    Lee County Commissioners are close to approving a route for a major road project that will connect the east and west parts of the county. Tuesday night, they heard from Georgia Tech engineers who studiedMore >>
    Lee County residents will soon have the chance to give their opinions on a major road project.More >>
  • City leaders approve new rules for model airplanes

    City leaders approve new rules for model airplanes

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:59:14 GMT
    Albany city commissioners approve new rules for model airplanes.      Following complaints from some people who live near Hilsman Park a citizen's advisory committee spent months studying the issue andMore >>
    Albany city commissioners approve new rules for model airplanes.      Following complaints from some people who live near Hilsman Park a citizen's advisory committee spent months studying the issue andMore >>
  • Voters hear from candidates at forum

    Voters hear from candidates at forum

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 11:56 PM EDT2014-04-23 03:56:54 GMT
    Voters heard from more than a dozen political candidates at a forum Tuesday night hosted by the Albany Civil Rights Institute. People running in Dougherty County Commission, Dougherty County School BoardMore >>
    Days before early voting opens, candidates for several races in Dougherty County get together to try earn voters' support.More >>

November 17, 2006

Albany - - Police say more young people are joining gangs and committing crimes and they say there are signs adults can look for.

A little over 30 employees with the City of Albany's Parks and Recreation Department learned about those signs today from Albany Police Department's Lt. James Williams.

Lt. Williams is a gang expert. He says some signs to look for are low self esteem and sudden resistance to authority.

He says some young people are starting to tattoo their gang signs on their bodies. City workers say the presentation will help them with the children they serve everyday.

"We've had issues with vandalism and inappropriate behavior and things like that at our parks and facilities so we thought we'd bring all our staff together and see what we can learn from the experts," says Recreation & Parks Interim Director Franessa Staltar.

An amendment to House Bill 1302, signed into law this year, gives police authority to apply tougher penalties to gang members including longer prison sentences and higher fines.

Williams adds 80% of young people involved in gangs do so out of peer pressure.

Feedback: news@walb.com?subject=gangsigns/bs

Powered by WorldNow