State's Work Group on Gangs Holds First meeting in Yakima
Yakima, WA - The state's work group on gangs holds its first community meeting in Yakima.
The panel has been assembled to go across the state collecting feedback from local communities on how to best fight the gang problem in Washington.
They will then present their findings to the legislature during the next session, from which new anti-gang laws will be formed.
The panel of experts from all aspects of government and law enforcement listened to gang concerns for about three hours.
"I think one of the compelling things I picked up is a woman said my 14-year-old boy, he can refuse drug treatment. And he's into drugs," says Senator Jim Clements, talking about a woman who came forward at the meeting, "We can't force him to take drug treatment. Chris and I weren't aware of that."
Senator Clements says the work group also has meetings planned for Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver.