Fresno Cracking Down on Gang Violence
October 27, 2005 -- Police have made a number of arrests in the first day of a new Fresno gang crackdown.
Yesterday, there were 57 arrests. Of those arrest, 22 were felonies, seven are parolees and 14 are gang members.
It isn't the first gang crackdown in Fresno. There were two operations focusing on gangs in 2002 and again each year after that.
Over the years, they've brought in 1,600 gang arrests.
"We have to do that. If we don't, we will continue to see retaliatory type shootings and stabbings across our city and increase the murder rates," says Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
Chief Dyer says gangs are a community problem and everyone needs to work together for a solution.
He says a long term police operation is underway and he plans to announce the results within the next 90 days.
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