Law enforcement officers from various agencies throughout the metro area met Thursday morning at the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office to begin an aggressive fight against a growing problem.
Sheriff Jeff Mann led the charge.
"Gang activity on the streets of our community in DeKalb County and across the metro area is at an all-time high and it's increasing," said Mann.
Officers are faced with this growing gang problem with some of the known gangs and new ones.
Capt. Frank Woods is with the sheriff's office in Gwinnett County.
"The Blood gang is a large issue in the metro area, the Gangster Disciples is a large problem. In DeKalb and other counties you've got Sex Money Murder which is problematic with individuals," said Woods. "And of course, you have your Aryan Brotherhood which can be very large in prison systems as well."
On Thursday the task force started the first of many shakedowns, or raids in jails throughout the metro area.
"Today marks a continued but a more aggressive stance against crime, particularly gang-related crime, in our jails and our communities," said Mann. "Our first goal as jailers and law enforcement is to gather intelligence on possible gang members in our facilities."
Woods said gang members are becoming more savvy. They are working with other gangs and finding creative ways to communicate.
"They're working together and see law enforcement and people in the community as the enemy, so they can make money and further their interests," said Woods.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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