New Hanover County could receive grant to help fight gangs

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- There are 400 gangs with more than 5,000 members in North Carolina. That's according to the state's Gangnet database. New Hanover County law enforcement agencies are working towards tackling the issue locally. The Wilmington Police Department and the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office are applying together for a grant to help fight gang violence. The state has nearly $5 million to offer to law enforcement agencies to be used for more manpower, prevention programs and other ways to tackle street violence. New Hanover County is in the running for some of the money because of a high level of youth and gang violence. Officials from both agencies agree youth violence must be addressed in our area. This grant would be a big help. New Hanover County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Ed McMahon said, "The more we can do to educate the children and teach then better ways and different ways. We can stop them while they're young before they come into contact with these things." Wilmington Police Deputy Chief David Conklin said, "We're extremely successful as far as working on a lot of suppression and we're also extremely impressed with what they're doing on the intervention side." Conklin says the two agencies' strengths would compliment each other. The application process is still in the very early stages, but Deputy Chief Conklin says he's confident about receiving money.

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I’m a senior at New Hanover High School and I decided to do my Graduation Project on gangs. From my point of view it’s so funny to me how the governor say he is doing so much to stop are youth from join gangs, but if you do something that’s gang related at school you can gat kicked out, that s not helping them that’s make them feel like you are telling them to go out in do something bad, but im not saying its all the governor fault because in order for our kids to go out in make something out of there self its up to there parents not the community they come from, because you have to love and lead your kid in show them some one really do care for them so the wont go down the wrong path in join a gang. Some people look down on kids who are in gangs but they really should help them in show them there are better things you can be in besides a gang.
all the things thats going on in wilmington are crazy. All the talk about how us colored's are always getting put down by white's , Im not only talking bout blacks only im talking bout hispainc's too we are killing off each other. Soon enough were going to kill off our own race and then they win again!!!! all this gang violence is stupid I have friend's that are blood's and crip's and i lost a lot of them last year about 9 and still am till this day im stilll losing friends over this gang violence!!! why dont every body open up there eyes were killing our own people look at what were doing and then the white's are right again and again. We prove them right that our races hispanics and black are violent rude out of control!!! what the hell people wake up!!!! wake the hell up !!!!! we need to join each other not fight each other as much as we need to stick together we fall apart and kill each other when are we going to wake up. When we kill our race off race and there is nomore hispanic's and nomore black's is this what we want!!!! thats what white's wanted for a long time so are we going to prove them right all over again or are we going to prove them wrong and show people we can be smart ,get a right education ,go some where in life instead of jail where most of us young people are going SO I SAY LEAVE GANG'S ALONE!!!! YOUNG PEOPLE STAND UP!! PROVE WE ARE BETTER THEN WHAT PEOPLE SAY WE ARE!! WE ARE THE NEW GENERATION STOP KILLING EACH OTHER I LOVE YOU ALL LET'S CHANGE FROM A GOOD FRIEND
Im 16 years old and im around a gang related environment everyday!!I have friends thats in it and some of their reasons for being in a gang is because they need love and support, some kids parents don't care for them and or wasn't there for them so they go out and find love in the streets!Kids get suspended from school everyday when they should just get alot of hours of community service!!Then when kids get sent to jail where most of the gang start at So I think we just need a better punishing system
I HOPE WE ALL LEARN JUST HOW BAD GANGES ARE FOR THEY ARE NOT A BLACK OR WHITE THING THEY ARE A PEOPLE THING. LOOK AT WHAT HAPPEN OCT.6,2007 WHEN GANGE MEMBERS WHERE BULLING A 13Y/O KID FOR HERE IS JUST ONE MORE TIME THAT THEY HAVE COAST A LIFE. IF THIS MAN WAS NOT PART OF A GANGE I THINK HE WHOULD HAVE NOT CRASHED A FAMILY COOK OUT.WE AS ADULTS MUST STOP THE GANGES FROM TAKING OUVE OUR CITY. WE MUST BE MORE OF A POSS. PART OF OUR YOUNG POEPLES LIVES.
Ya can't con them, psychoanalyze them, sweet talk them. They "think" they're looking for leadership and protection. Deep inside they are afraid. If we aren't stronger than the group, failure will result. Some we will have to fight. Are the adult's of Wilmington "strong" enough to take on the challlenge created by the "parent's"?
the only true way to stop gangs is for the wpd and the nhc sheriffs to invest in several hummers with .50 cals mounted on the back. bet this will have the little sleaze bags duckin and a runnin!
rowp, that's not a bad idea. It would be a lot cheaper just to round up a few of the leaders and take them out behind the courthouse and hang them. This would send a message to the rest of them to behave or suffer the same fate. The US is too soft on these troublemakers. Let them go to China or Japan and see how well their BS is tolerated.
The only way to get rid of them is to use Chicago rules. They use a knife, we use a gun, they send one of ours to the hospital, we send one of them to the morgue. Until we, the parents and law enforcement, get truly serious about these gangs, they will take over. It is not illegal to be a gang member, only to do crime as a gang member. If I had the budget, I could get 12 retired Army/Marines together with a support section and rid my county of gangs altogether. Problem is , my county only as one dedicated gang officer and it appears to be all they will pay for.