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Community urged to combat gangs

POSTED: February 17, 2007 5:06 a.m.
Although local police officials continue to acknowledge the increasing gang activity throughout the county, getting residents to attend awareness sessions has proven to be a task.
“We try to offer education on the gang problem,” Hinesville Police Department Chief of Detectives Maj. Thomas Cribbs said. “Sometimes we have good attendance, sometimes we don’t.”
Hoping to boost community awareness, involvement and attendance, the Snelson-Golden Middle School’s School Council and PTO will host a community-wide gang awareness meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6.
Members of the HPD will be on hand to inform residents about how gangs are transforming Liberty County, especially the affect on the county’s children.
During the past few months, the department has held information sessions with school board and Hinesville officials and has received strong support from both groups. However, a massive showing of community backing — including parents, teachers, churches, youth workers and other influential county leaders-could be key in stomping out gang activity in the area.
“The (Hinesville) mayor and council is 100 percent behind us and is putting forth the effort to make it work,” Cribbs said. “Hopefully the community will get behind us, too.”
 

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