FBI, Partners Help Clean Up Community Following Gang-Related Arrests
|FBI Los Angeles November 22, 2013|
The FBI and Los Angeles Police Department, working with multiple other agencies and non-profit organizations, are cleaning up approximately 50 alleys in South Los Angeles where gang-related arrests were carried out earlier this year. The multi-agency teams are removing graffiti, trash, discarded furniture, and other bulky items, as well as overgrown brush. The area being cleaned is located between Crenshaw Boulevard, Normandie Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard, and Martin L. King Jr. Boulevard. There is an organization on hand to assist with any homeless encampments.
Law enforcement efforts to investigate and dismantle criminal street gangs whose members are committing serious crimes within the city of Los Angeles aim to reduce the fear of crime experienced by citizens who reside in crime-ridden neighborhoods where investigations take place. The results are achieved mostly through the state and federal arrests of shot callers and leaders of the gang, coupled with the implementation of the city’s abatement process. Some examples of recent operations include Operations Stone Cold and Red Dawn and Operation Thumbs Down.
Today’s clean-up is aimed at implementing preventive measures beyond suppression efforts. The community impact initiative was established to help residents in gang-ridden communities in an effort to prevent new gang members from replacing those sent to prison. This initiative is designed to assist the community and educate youth by introducing them to productive alternatives to lives of violence and delinquency.