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Police, Community Work to Cut Gang Violence Together

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LAS VEGAS -- There are more than 16,000 gang members in Metro Police's jurisdiction contributing to violence and crime.

One community on the west side of Las Vegas is seeing a drop in the number of deadly crimes.

The community has been working with Metro Police to drive down the number of gang-related violence for the past few years -- and it's working.

Several groups came together Friday with Metro at the Pearson Community Center to discuss gang-related issues in the Bolden area.

The goal is to prevent children from being pulled into gangs.

Metro said that by reaching out to the community, they are creating change.

This year, there have been 48 homicides in Metro's jurisdiction, and none of them have been in the Bolden area.

Las Vegas Councilman Lawrence Weekly said Friday's meeting empowers parents and the community to intervene when they see a young person going down the wrong road.

"If we catch them on the front end, we don't have to worry about spending so many taxpayer dollars on the back end trying to rejuvenate them and trying to reintegrate them back into our communities," Weekly said.

According to Metro's gang bureau, there are about 626 gangs in its jurisdiction.

So far this year, 49 shootings can be linked to gang violence, the police said.

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