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County gang commission meets in Union Gap

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UNION GAP, Wash-- Tuesday afternoon about 30 people from across the Yakima Valley met to discuss what many consider issue number one in the county... gangs. 

This was just the third meeting of the Yakima County Gang Commission and the group is still getting into the swing of things, but they seem to have gotten the ball rolling as far as collaborating to stamp out gangs in the Valley.  The commission is made up of law enforcement, elected officials, and community leaders from Grandview to Selah. 

At today's meeting Yakima and Union Gap police departments talked about ways for community members to identify if someone has a gang affiliation and what to do about it.   

The group is taking a 3-pronged approach to fighting gangs: suppression on the law enforcement side, as well as prevention, and intervention.

The commission is also working on a website that would allow the community to track and report crime in their area.