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May 2, 2007

Albany--Albany police want community leaders to help wipe out growing gang activity.

On Wednesday, Lt. James Williams talked with the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority about forming a partnership to fight the gang problem.

He says the first step is to educate the community.

APD expanded its gang task force to six members and is working with schools and churches and planning community workshops to help neighborhoods keep gangs out.

"I've got a team here that is addressing any type of gang issue. We're asking the community if they hear or see any type of gang activity or graffiti to notify us. We'll respond," says Williams.

Williams says graffiti is often a sign that gangs are in an area. Gangs recently defaced a restroom at the Flint River Golf Course.

There's also been a graffiti problem at a downtown parking deck.

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