Gang Label Not Always Easy To Apply

This morning KSKA continues its two part series on criminal street gangs. Yesterday’s segment focused on the structure and membership of Anchorage gangs. Today, KSKA’s Len Anderson turns to law enforcement and the courts.

For two full days this week, nearly one hundred police officers filled the large lecture room at the Anchorage Police Training Center to learn about street gangs. Dr. Al Valdez is a nationally recognized author, trainer and consultant on youth violence. He told says it’s not belonging to a gang, but why and what you do that determines your “street gang” status.

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