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Ashburn battles gang activity

Ashburn Police Chief Joe Saxon Ashburn Police Chief Joe Saxon
ASHBURN, GA (WALB) -

  Increased gang activity in Ashburn has led to a higher demand to stop it. The city of Ashburn wants to hire an internal investigator that would be in charge of monitoring gang activity.  

The city of Ashburn pays the Mid South Narcotic Task Force in Cordele about twenty eight thousand annually to monitor drug crimes and gang activities in Ashburn. Police Chief Joe Saxon has proposed a plan to keep that money at home in Ashburn.      

Arson, thefts, fights and other crime are all result of increased gang activity in the city of Ashburn. Police Chief Joe Saxon believes change is necessary to keep the crime under control.  

"The last two years, year and a half, we've had a spike in our gang activity," said Ashburn Police Chief Joe Saxon. "We've started gathering intelligence and information working it, but we need somebody doing it full time."  

Saxon doesn't think pulling funding for the Mid South Narcotic Task Force will make them ignore Ashburn. There is a more immediate need to pay an internal investigator in charge of monitoring gang activity.  

"Sheriff Hester has made a real effort in encompassing all of Turner county into his enforcement activities and I know he would not simply ignore us because we had an immediate need that we had to address," Saxon said. "I know that the task force agents would still be down here working; they would still make themselves available."  

Saxon also believes that bringing jobs to Turner county could offer gang members a way out. He says some members would abandon gang activity and work.

 

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