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Albany gang problems continue

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Albany police say they identified ten new gangs in the city last year.

The Gang Unit formed just more than two years ago, arrested hundreds of people last year and questioned even more. They're building a database of people they believe are involved in gang activity and sharing that information with other law enforcement agencies.

Gangsters in Albany are older than those in many other places. Of the 500 people the gang unit arrested in 2010, 387 were adult men.

"Around the country, we're seeing this trend where we are having a lot more adult males engaging in gang activity so not only here in the city of Albany, this is happening around the country, an influx as far as the age group regarding gang activities," said Albany Police Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark.

 Police say community involvement is one of the main reasons they were so successful in getting gang members off the streets last year.


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