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City asks Tacoma residents for input on gang problem

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2011 at 11:49 am |
September 19, 2011 12:20 pm

Tacoma residents are being asked to take part in a survey to gauge perceptions about gang activity in the city.

The survey is part of the city’s ongoing comprehensive gang assessment, which is slated to be done by the end of the year.

The assessment, the first-of-its-kind in Tacoma, was authorized last year by the City Council. The council set aside $50,000 to study the city’s law enforcement, intervention and prevention efforts.

The assessment began in June and involves a host of city departments, criminal justice agencies, schools, social service organizations, youths and gang members.

Assessors now want to hear from people who live and work in Tacoma.  Citizens can fill out the survey online here or request a copy by visiting the city’s Human Rights and Human Services Department, 747 Market St., Room 836, or calling 253-591-5155.

Surveys must be completed by Oct. 3.

At the end of the assessment, city leaders want to have recommendations for policy changes or new programs that can address Tacoma’s gang problem.



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