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Murray to visit Tacoma to talk meth, gangs

Post by News Tribune Staff on June 27, 2008 at 4:08 pm with No Comments »
June 27, 2008 4:08 pm

Increasing gang violence and meth use has prompted Sen. Patty Murray to return from the other Washington and visit Tacoma.

She’ll be meeting with the "area’s top law enforcement official and concerned citizens about the problems the city and county face with increased gang violence and meth use," her office e-mailed.

If you’re interested, she’ll be at the Tacoma Police Department headquarters at 3701 S. Pine St. on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Click below to read the press release:

Rise in Gang Violence and Meth in Tacoma to be Spotlight of Discussion with Senator Murray

With gang membership escalating, Murray to join with Pierce County Sherriff, Tacoma Police Chief and concerned citizens to explore what can be done to turn the tide

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, July 1st, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) will visit Tacoma to hear from the area’s top law enforcement official and concerned citizens about the problems the city and county face with increased gang violence and meth use. Senator Murray is expected to hear about what police patrols, neighborhood watch organizations, and local families are encountering as gang activity escalates in areas of Tacoma and beyond.

Pierce County law enforcement officials report that gangs are on the rise with more than 1000 active gang members throughout Pierce County. The Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2007 National Drug Threat Analysis also lists the Puget Sound/Tacoma area as increasingly impacted by criminal gangs that are the most prolific producers, transporters and distributors of narcotics.

Senator Murray, who has worked to provide federal funding for Pierce County to combat meth and gangs, will discuss the problem with members of the community including the Pierce County Comprehensive Regional Gang Prevention Initiative.

WHO: U.S. Senator Patty Murray

Members of the Tacoma Gang and Methamphetamine Partnerships

Members of the Gang and Methamphetamine Advisory Committees

Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell

Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor

State Representative Chris Hurst

Connie Ladenburg, Tacoma City Council

Lakewood Assistant Police Chief Mike Farrow

Greg Greer, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office

Art Jarvis, Tacoma School District

Dr. Dorothy Anderson, Urban League

Eric Lewis, City of Tacoma

WHAT: Meeting: Gangs and Methamphetamine in Tacoma-Pierce County

WHEN: Tuesday, July 1st, 2008, 10:30 AM

WHERE: Tacoma Police Department Headquarters, 3701 S Pine St., Tacoma, Room 1209

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