KENNEWICK, Wash.—Benton County Sheriff's Deputies say gangs have become a top priority. Tuesday Sheriff Steve Keane announced the sergeant who will be running the newly formed Benton County Gang Enforcement Team.
Sergeant Jon Law will be supervising the team. He has been with the Benton County Sheriff's Office for 12 years, but he's been in law enforcement for 18, including 6 years with corrections and 10 with the swat team.
Law says what makes his team unique is that they have 5 full-time members dedicated to reducing local gangs. Law says his first step is to assess the gang problem in Benton County and overcome his first challenge.
"Figuring out how to collaborate with the community at first, because this is an effort that's going to take the community working hand in hand with us," says Sergeant Jon Law, running Gang Enforcement Team.
Law says the team has already reached out to public schools, Kennewick Police Department and the Richland Police Department. He plans to not only prevent gangs by educating people in the county, but to also reduce violence by working with current gang members.
The Benton County Gang Enforcement Team has been in the works for about 5 months, but it was just approved by Benton County commissioners in early June.