The Albany Police Department is spreading the word about gang violence through their first ever Parent Youth Summit.
An Albany drama club expresses the dangerous effects that gang violence can have on a community. 8-year-old Rodricuse Jackson says the play teaches a valuable lesson.
"First of all you can get killed. Second of all you can go to jail," said Jackson.
This is the first year for the Parent Youth Summit in Albany. It's hosted by the Albany Police Department's Gang Task Force to educate people on gang violence and gun safety.
"Albany is a place where we want to continue our efforts in working on gang issues here so it doesn't get worse somewhere like it is in Jacksonville, Florida or other cities or states," said Capt. Wendy Luster with the Gang Task Force.
Chris Rogers was one of many parents who attended the event and applauded the Gang Task Force for their proactive work in the community.
"They go right to the people. Other states that I use to live in they'll wait until it's over and then they come in," said Rogers.
Neighborhood watch representatives also encouraged parents to get involved. Captain Luster says even though they had low attendance, she hopes parents and youth will help spread the word about gang violence, and the negative effects it can have on a community.
"Because I don't want anybody to get hurt," said Jackson.
"They shouldn't wait until something happen to their child and then want to do something about it then because really it's everybody's child," said Rogers.
The Albany Gang Task Force plans to make this an annual event. To find out more about gang violence and gun safety contact the APD Gang Task Force at 229-483-7631.