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Forum in Las Vegas to Focus on Gang Violence

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LAS VEGAS - Gang violence has been a big problem for Metro Police and community leaders. A two-day forum in Las Vegas this week aims to tackle the problem head-on.

Community leaders from across the country are coming to Las Vegas to advise on what they've seen work to decrease gang violence.

Reverend Jeffrey Brown is the executive director of Boston TenPoint Coalition – a group devoted to issues affecting Black and Latino youth. He is the first presenter at this week's forum in Las Vegas and is expected to share his faith-based approach to stopping gang violence.

His ten point plan will show leaders how to help youth get out of criminal activity such as drug dealing and make money legally. The plan also encourages community groups to adopt local gangs.

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These steps have since been modified for the 21st century and are now based around organization and showing gang members how to lead productive lifestyles.

Metro Assistant Sheriff Ted Moody declined to comment about this week's forum, but his spokesperson said they will adjust any advice to cater to how Las Vegas works compared with other cities.

Other speakers are expected to talk about the role of law enforcement partnerships as well as the role of the clergy.

The approaches differ, but the goal is the same: to stop gang violence.

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