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By Len Kiese - bio | email

October 28, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany City Manager Alfred Lott says gang members are committing numerous and serious crimes and it's time to get the situation under control.

Tuesday night, Albany city commissioners approved about $1-million  for the creation of a gang unit consisting of two supervisors and ten officers.

The unit's sole purpose will be to tackle the gang problem in the city.

"It gives us an organization that will know who these gang members are, what their backgrounds are, who their family members are, who their friends are and anybody who participates in a gang operation and we can get after all of them," said Lott.

Money from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia will fund the unit for the first six months. Next fiscal year, city leaders will look at a proposed property tax increase to help pay for the unit.

The unit should cost about $800,000 a year after startup. Lott says it's worth the cost to help keep the city safe.

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