Albany's growing gang problem got so widespread and so dangerous, city leaders decided to spend a million dollars to start a new police gang. That's a lot of money, but so far, it's money well-spent.
The Albany Police Gang Unit has been involved in more than 260 arrests for everything from breaking into cars to murder. Gang officers work closely with all the other law enforcement agencies in the county from school police to the District Attorney's office.
The gang unit has held more than 75 workshops at schools and churches and neighborhood watch meetings to build gang awareness, to encourage kids to stay out of gangs, and to convince us to watch out for and report gang activity.
They aggressively patrol areas where gangs operate, and they hit the streets building trust with people in neighborhoods throughout the city. Those relationships have even led to arrests that have nothing to do with gangs.