From the News Tribune:
There's no easy solution to solving the growing gang problem in the Tri-Cities, but a nationally known gang expert said one way the community can help is by getting involved. "If you see something suspicious, call police. Get involved," said Al Valdez, a retired police officer and prosecutor who is now a professor at the University of California, Irvine. "Help starts one person at a time. The community can help by watching family first, then watching their neighbors, then watching the neighborhood." Valdez, who travels around the nation speaking about gang sociology and psychology, spent Friday at South Hills Church in Kennewick talking about why kids join gangs and discussing ways to prevent this.

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