The Charlottesville-Albemarle community will get its first look at the results of a regional report on gangs this week. Gang Reduction through Active Community Engagement, GRACE, conducted the comprehensive assessment.
The data will show conclusions from 141 people who participated in interviews and focus groups. The assessment will address topics including national trends and specific information about gangs in the area.
“They've been here in our community. Some that are nationally known gangs and then there's also those that we call ‘home grown gangs,’” said Lt. Ronnie Roberts from the Charlottesville Police Department. “Generally where we find them from a law enforcement community is where they're involved in some type of criminal activity.”
A grant from the department of criminal justice funded the study.
Monday's presentation has been postponed due to the winter storm. There will be a second presentation Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Albemarle County Police Department.