04/12/2010

Officers meet in Utah to discuss gang prevention

The annual gang conference in Utah began 20 years ago and is still going strong

Salt Lake Tribune

SALT LAKE CITY — As a police sergeant in Salt Lake City in 1990, Ken Hansen watched as signs of gang activity filtered into the community from Los Angeles transplants.

Drive-by shootings started. Local gangs began forming in response to California gangs that migrated to the state. Hansen and others in law enforcement knew the problem would likely only escalate in coming years -- yet most police departments didn't have designated gang units and schools were ill-equipped to handle tensions between rival groups.

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