PASCO, Wash.- Washington's attorney general says as governor he would help Mid Columbia and Yakima Valley law enforcement go after the leaders of street gangs.
In the Tri-Cities Wednesday, Rob McKenna received the endorsement of the Washington State Fraternal Order of Police.
McKenna says as governor he would push for enhanced prison terms for gang leaders.
"These are the older guys who recruit the kids," McKenna says. "There are hundreds of these gang leaders and if we can tackle them and take them out of circulation it can put some of the gangs out of business."
The attorney general says he also favors spending money to keep school buildings open for after-school programs geared to steer kids away from gangs.
"It wouldn't be expensive to keep buildings open, and if teachers want to earn more money we could pay them to stay after and tutor."
McKenna says he would encourage non-profit groups and churches to become more involved in programs that would give young people alternatives to gangs.