Albany - The Dougherty County Sheriff and District Attorney want more money to fight gangs. Sheriff Jamil Saba says he needs an additional staff member to lead programs in schools about the danger of gangs, and to keep kids out of them. D.A. Ken Hodges says he needs an additional investigator to work on gang-related cases with the new gang initiative task force.
Sheriff Saba said, "If we could prevent people from joining gangs, that's the name of the game. That's better than trying to get them later on in years."
Hodges said, "This new investigator will give me the resources that I need to do that. So it's a very important request that I've made from the county commission. They have always been receptive to my requests and I hope they will be for this one as well."
Sheriff Saba is also requesting a pay raise for courtroom bailiffs, increasing their pay from $6.50 to $9.50 an hour. Hodges wants two more legal secretaries to handle juvenile court cases.