ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Kids are joining gangs in our area some even before they reach their teens.
And parents and city leaders are concerned.
On Thursday, city leaders, citizens, and members of the the Albany gang task force met to discuss issues and concerns they have about violence and gangs in our community.
One topic that dominated the meeting was young children.
Citizens asked what the gang unit was doing to educate kids about gang violence and how to take a different path.
Commander Victor Camp said his officers are assigned to go to schools to speak to resource officers.
"Each school has a resource officer, and kids go up and talk to them," said Lt. Camp. "So, we get with that officer and they give us the information that they're getting through the school. 'Well, this guy's always talking about how he's got this, this, and this, because he's breaking in over here.' Well, we need to know that so we can clear up some of these cases that are active."
The Gang Task Force meets on the last Thursday of every month at noon in Room 120 of the Government Center.
No meetings are held during December.