Tacoma to study gang prevention, intervention

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- The city of Tacoma has set aside $50,000 to do a comprehensive assessment of its gang situation. The money will pay for a look at the city's law enforcement, and gang intervention and prevention efforts.

The News Tribune reports the Tacoma City Council has hired a Missouri company to do the study. The assessment that begins next month will be similar to gang assessments that have been done in Durham, N.C., Fairbanks, Alaska, Houston and Pittsburgh.

City officials want the assessment to include suggestions for policy changes or new programs to deal with Tacoma's gang problems.

A national survey in 2008 estimated 2,500 to 3,500 people belonged to or were associated with of dozens of gangs in Pierce County.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com