Viewpoint: We must stand up against gangs

As gang violence in Albany increases, it's encouraging to see the work that's being done to fight back.

There are now a Police Gang Unit and a Gang Task Force here in Albany. They are working together to educate the community on how to combat gang violence.

Task Force members are visiting schools and civic clubs, giving us, the public, inside information on how these gangs operate.

Thanks to them, we now know what types of clothes gang members wear, we know about their secret codes they use to mark their territory, and we know that there are more than a dozen gangs in operation in Albany.

Educating the public is protecting the public. For too long, police denied there was a gang problem in Albany.

Thankfully, that's no longer the case, and we are encouraged by the team work that's being done to combat this serious threat to public safety.