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San Diego gets tough on gangs

San Diego is taking a tougher approach to reducing gang activity in the city. The city also will use surveillance cameras at city beaches to reduce crime. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The city attorney's office has obtained a court injunction on nearly 40 members of the West Coast Crips, forbidding them from even entering certain target areas around Imperial Avenue and Interstate 15. Police Chief Bill Landsdown says this is a major step forward in controlling gang violence in that area, He says those gang members will not simply move elsewhere.

Landsdown: "Cause the other areas are already claimed by different gangs, how many gang sets do we have we have 86 gangs sets, our goal short term is to reduce the violence our goal long term is to eradicate gangs in the city of San Diego."

The mayor says a new city Gang Prevention Commission will start operating in July to develop a comprehensive plan of action to tackle gang related issues. He says a strong police presence San Diego's beaches aims to keep gang violence in check. Alison ST John KPBS News.

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