SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police say gangs are ever-changing. Officers see people coming and going from the life-style, but they also warn gangs are not going away any time soon.
Still, police hope educating the public will help slow the gang problem. Leaders with the Spokane Police Department believe prevention will bring about positive results over time.
Officers say the cost of teaching a child to make good choices is relatively low compared to the cost of incarceration later in life and the tragedy of losing what otherwise could've been a productive person.
"It's not going to go away. We're not going to eradicate it,” said SPD Officer Mike Roberge. “It's here to stay, but we need to understand what it is and how to help youth through that stage."
"I think it's important for people to understand what it really is,” added Christy Hamilton,
Spokane C.O.P.S. Director. “There's a lot of fear and anxiety amongst some people in Spokane. We're just trying to educate to the realities of this."
SPD was inviting the public to a meeting on gang prevention Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. The meeting at Southside Senior Center was expected to last around two hours.
Another public meeting was planned for next Tuesday at the Messiah Lutheran Church on North Belt Street.