Detention officers learn about threat groups - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Detention officers learn about threat groups

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Americus runner back in Boston

    Americus runner back in Boston

    Monday, April 21 2014 4:39 AM EDT2014-04-21 08:39:51 GMT
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to win another title but also give hope to others. @ ThisMore >>
    One of the thousands of runners participating in the marathon today comes from Southwest Georgia, Charlene Pennymon. She's returning to Boston to win another title but also give hope to others. More >>
  • Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Thomasville woman celebrates 100th Birthday

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:57:34 GMT
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
    A Thomasville woman is celebrating her 100th birthday. Irene Manning celebrates her 100th Birthday today. Friends and family threw her a birthday party at Cherokee Lake in Thomasville. Her grandson saysMore >>
  • Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Easter Bunny visits hospitalized children

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:52 PM EDT2014-04-20 21:52:00 GMT
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>
    The Easter Bunny made an appearance at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital today.   The Dougherty County Police Department partnered with the Easter Bunny Foundation to deliver stuffed Easter Bunnies to childrenMore >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Homeland Security trainers say gangs and hate and terror groups are recruiting new members in rural jails and prisons.

Monday the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office hosted detention officers from across South Georgia for a training session to know how to spot and prevent what federal officials call threat group recruitment and radicalization.

Trainer Art Beeler said  "In the metropolitan areas everybody thinks that the gang problems are all related to the L.A.'s, Chicagos, and New Yorks. Well, gang members know that's what's thought of too, and gang memberships are moving out to the rural communities."

Trainers say budget cutbacks at jails and prisons hurt the fight against these threat groups.

Detention officers were taught ways to spot threat groups and methods to try to stop them.

Copyright 2013 WALB.  All rights reserved.  

Powered by WorldNow