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Gang Ordinance in Sunnyside is Working

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SUNNYSIDE, Wash - Several cities in central Washington have either passed or talked about gang ordinances that outlaw gang members.  Some want to know if it actually works. 

Sunnyside was the first city in Washington to pass this kind of ordinance.  They say in talking to gang members, some have stopped doing activities they used to and won't let certain gang related people over to their homes anymore.  Immediately after the ordinance passed, police noticed a big change.

"Usually the weekends are our busiest times for gang activity. Friday it was a goal of mine to contact as many gang members as possible and I was unable to do so because there were no gang members out," says Officer Bruso of the Sunnyside Police Department.

Sunnyside Police says people have a misunderstanding of what the ordinance is.  They aren't driving around and arresting gang members as they see them.  They are getting information on gang activity and if someone commits a crime and records show they are connected to a gang, they can face a bigger penalty.