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Community Council Committee still discussing solutions to gang problem

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WALLA WALLA, Wash. --  The Community Council Committee discussed findings that show an increase in the gang presence in Walla Walla.

In those findings, complied from Walla Walla police, the sheriff's office, school district and hospitals in the area, they've found a long list of gangs active in the area.

For the last 17 weeks, the council has been discussing ways to prevent gang activity by getting to the root of the problem, a problem everyone involved in the study found.

"I think one of the common threads would be access to things to do. I think we're hearing that from many different walks of life. They believe that young men and women that are getting involved in gangs just had a little more to do, something different perhaps," explained Rick Griffin, of the Community Council. Committee.

One of the many agencies present was law enforcement, "We're taking more of an proactive effort if you will in the prevention and intervention realms, rather than just be reactive on the enforcement side of things," explains Sheriff John Turner of the Walla Walla Sheriff's Office.

The findings also look at individual and group factors that lead to gang activity. There is three left in the study. The overall findings will be released to the public in the final weeks of the study.