The hot days are coming. So is an expected rise in gang violence. Mike Turner checks in with the city of Gresham which has been trying to get ahead of the curve.
It’s been nearly two weeks since Gresham city officials, police and community leaders got together to discuss the rising tide of gang violence. The city’s new gang prevention policy officer is well aware of the problem with these sunny days.
“Gang members, as well as all people are just outside more often in the summer months, they’ll run into each other in the streets or out in the park”
Joe Walsh says they’re reaching out to the youth who are most at risk of getting involved in gangs. He believes that summer jobs are a big help.
“Nothing stops a bullet like a job, and we believe in that mantra as well”
Gresham officials say there are over 450 documented gang members in the area now. That number continues to grow as the demographics point to a rising tide of low income families moving into the city.