Gang Unit Out in Full Force

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

Officer Michael McLeod with the Tallahassee Police Department's gang unit patrols areas known to be more saturated with gang activity on the south side of Tallahassee.

Officer Michael McLeod says, "We're going to go to a particular area that it is one of our gang territories, which is known for drug sales. We're going to go see if they are out there and if they are, we're going to get out and attempt to make contact with them."

Members of the Gang Unit are confident the majority of gang members in Tallahassee are already documented.

Ray Garcia with the Tallahassee Police Department says, "Our youngest gang member is 11 years old and the oldest-in his mid 20's"

The next stop- this playground off Orange Avenue that has a bad reputation as a gang hang out. "It makes it difficult for the young kids to come out to the play ground to actually have fun because of the different activities associated with it."

"Once they see the police car and see that you're stopping and getting out and they just take off running, that happens a lot of times. I'm sure they're not late for Bible study." says Officer McLeod.

Results from the Attorney Generals Gang Reduction Strategy Report released Wednesday shows the Big Bend has seen a 60 percent increase in documented gangs since 2009 ... but Law Enforcement Officers say an increase isn't necessarily a bad thing.
SGT Grady Jordan with Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "With our increase in identifying and tracking of those gang members inside the Leon County jail, we've seen an increase in numbers because of that knowledge and awareness."

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