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But Conley said there is still one facet that is hindering their efforts in thwarting gang activity in the city.
"There is one major component that is still missing," he said. "And that’s the parental piece."
Conley said many parents just don’t realize that their children may be associating with gang members, while others are gang members themselves and are passing down the lifestyle to their children.
The nature of gang crimes is also shifting in recent years. From 2008 to 2011, graffiti ranked as the most common gang crime. While in 2008 officers recorded 236 instances of graffiti, in 2012, only 44 graffiti crimes were recorded — a 76.2 percent decrease.
Conley said most of the gang-related crimes they have seen lately involve drug-related crimes. In 2012, 76 drug-related gang crimes were reported, with the top drug offense being possession of amphetamine drugs.
"Drugs are a nucleus to a lot of problems for law enforcement," he said.
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