Authorities Announce Aggressive New Anti-Gang Campaign In Long Island

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone announced his plan to combat gang violence today. The first step is dismantling a gang task force located at police headquarters.

The break-up will send 39 police officers back to local stations to deal with gang activity.

1010 WINS reporter Mona Rivera was in Long Island…

Bellone announced his plan in Huntington Station where gang violence has gotten so bad that an elementary school had to be closed over fears that students would be shot.

Residents applauded the announcement and called it a step in the right direction.

“This is our community we love it and we want it back,” said Dee Thompson.

Bellone said that sending the officers back to gang affected neighborhoods would put them in a better position to combat the problem.

“To understand what they’re doing, and how they’re doing it, you can’t do that based in headquarters,” he said.

Recently five alleged members of a Long Island gang were indicted a number of charges including murder for the death of a 15-year-old boy in Brentwood.

What do you think can be done to combat gang violence in the New York area? Leave your thoughts in our comments section below.

  • Lawn-Guy Land

    This is unacceptable because gangs belong in CITIES. Suburbs are supposed to be quiet and pristine because REAL Americans live there.

    This is even more evidence of Mike Bloomberg “cleaning up” New York City by illegally and maliciously exporting the City’s crime and gangs to OUR communities.

  • Clyde

    China would have taken all of the gamg members and had them mowed down by tanks the way they dealt with the heroin dealers. We could learn a few things from China, they have been a country for thousands of years compared to our 226. Freedom may be important, but giving the gangs the freedom to kill, maim, intimidate and sell drugs to our children across this country is destroying the fabric of this nation. Solve the problem. Take them out.

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