Attorney General looks into Kennewick's gang prevention
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- "We got a growing gang problem across our state," says Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, during his ride along with eight detectives from the Criminal Apprehension Unit. A unit of six Kennewick Police Detectives, a Sergeant and Corporal who patrol the streets at night.
"We are detectives but our primary goal is to be proactive in this unit so we can keep gang activity and narcotics activity at check," says Sergeant Bryan Weatherbee, who is in charge of CAT. The team patrols in teams every night, and proactively seeks out trouble-makers. The team is behind a thousand arrests a year.
"it's kind of the lower level complaints that we get, that don't rise to the Metro Drug Task Force level, but they are making a huge difference in our neighborhood throughout Kennewick," says Chief Ken Hohenberg.
Friday was McKenna's first ride along with the Kennewick CAT Team, but he is no stranger to gang problems in the state.
"There's a gang issue in Vancouver, Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima, its state wide, We got a growing gang problem across our state. I actually think the Tri-Cities has done a good job of keeping on top of it. And you don't have the severity you see here as you do in some communities," says McKenna.