Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gang membership on rise in Montgomery - Gazette

However, some communities report drop in gang-related crimes

by Sebastian Montes | Staff Writer | Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Gang-related murders and membership are rising in Montgomery County, while in some communities, gang presence resists police efforts to rein them in.

Those increases come as the total number of gang crimes fell by more than a third between last summer and this spring, according to statistics compiled by Montgomery County Police.

Police attribute the nine-month decline to better intelligence, more aggressive prosecution and multi-agency outreach to at-risk youth, said Montgomery County Police Lt. Robert Bolesta, deputy director of special investigations.

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