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Sheriff Ty Trenary released the following statement today:
I would like to expand on my comments in a story published in the Herald this week (“Police to County Council: Gang violence needs solutions”, June 13).
We know there is a gang problem here in Snohomish County and we know that members of our community are increasingly at risk of becoming victims to the escalating violence associated with gangs (as some have already). However, what we didn’t know was how much our elected leaders knew about the problem. This presentation was the first of several steps to bring awareness to the community about gang violence, including briefing our community leaders. Awareness and education about gang violence helps us identify and connect with our community advocates, allies, and partners to keep our neighborhoods safe.
The gang violence will not be solved by one agency or with one solution. After almost three decades of working in law enforcement, I am well aware that the most complicated public safety issues require a multi-faceted approach. I don’t believe the issue will be resolved simply by responding to 911 calls after a shooting or assault has occurred. In the case of gang violence, I believe we need to continue partnering with other law enforcement agencies, connect with our schools, reach out to families, and, most importantly, move from being reactive to proactive.