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May 04, 2016 
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The FBI, in its latest national gang report, says the use of technology among gang members is creating "unique challenges for law enforcement."

Tech-savvy gang members staying a step ahead of police is also a concern for law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area. Members of San Jose Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force are not surprised gangs are increasingly using technology and war-time tactics to carry out their crimes.

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PORTLAND - The mayor wants to add 90 police officers, combat record-setting gang violence, add 800 shelter beds for the homeless and invest nearly $43 million toward those goals. “In public safety, we do have a staffing crisis. We need to add at least 90 officers,” Hales said. “The gang violence crisis is real and it affects everybody. We had 1,000 bullets flying around our streets last year and we had 15 people killed, 73 wounded. This is a big deal and getting worse.”

OMAHA - Community concerns are being voiced about gangs moving into a neighborhood. Barbara Williams, 55, was shot and killed on her apartment steps near 48th and Boyd. Police made an arrest in the case less than a week later, but the area itself is also home to dozens of families and community groups.

New York - Gang member held without bail Instagram photos suggest murder plot

BROOKLYN - A reputed Brooklyn gang member was held without bail on drug charges after federal prosecutors produced chilling photos from his Instagram account suggesting he was preparing to avenge the murder of his best friend.

New York - Bloods gang members charged with running $414G identity-theft ring

NEW YORK - More than three dozen members of a Bloods-affiliated gang were charged Tuesday with running a $414,000 identity-theft ring focused on making purchases with stolen credit card accounts at Barneys, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Oregon - Hales city budget goals: cops, gangs, homeless

PORTLAND - The mayor wants to add 90 police officers, combat record-setting gang violence, add 800 shelter beds for the homeless and invest nearly $43 million toward those goals. “In public safety, we do have a staffing crisis. We need to add at least 90 officers,” Hales said. “The gang violence crisis is real and it affects everybody. We had 1,000 bullets flying around our streets last year and we had 15 people killed, 73 wounded. This is a big deal and getting worse.”

Tennessee - Cook: The illusion of stopping gang violence

CHATTANOOGA - will never stop gang violence.

Never.

Believing otherwise is a fantasy, equivalent to imagining a drug-free Chattanooga. There is no moat around this city; drugs flow in and out like the tides, just like any other global industry.

Similarly, gang violence does not operate within a vacuum, here or within any other mid-sized city. Just as we cannot wall off drugs outside our city — especially since we live along the I-75 corridor, one of the most criminally trafficked interstates in the U.S. — we cannot pretend that gang violence is insular and confined, homegrown and exclusively ours.

INTERNATIONAL

Canada Police take aim at gang recruitment, reach out to communities

Winnipeg police are trying a new poster campaign to fight street gangs. Estimates there are about 30-35 street gangs have been in the city at some point but Waddell said he can't give a definitive number because they come and go and change names.

El Salvador El Salvador arresting negotiators of now defunct gang treaty

EL SALVADOR - The Attorney General’s Office said Tuesday that arrest warrants have been issued for 21 people tied to a 2012 gang treaty that temporarily lowered El Salvador’s homicide rate.

Attorney General Douglas Melendez said Raul Mijango, a onetime guerrilla who brokered the treaty, is among those arrested along with 17 former government officials and three ranking police officials. Among the charges they face are illicit association and introducing contraband into prisons.

“Even though the truce is not illegal, other crimes were committed within the framework of this kind of illicit negotiations,” Melendez said.

El Salvador’s government has since ruled out any further negotiations with the gangs.

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