Confronting gangs in Lodi: Police Chief Mark Helms
‘We're doing a great deal to fight gangs ... we’re about to do more, but we can’t do it alone.’’
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- Editor's Note
The News-Sentinel invited several community leaders to share their insights on the growing gang problem in the Lodi. This is the first of such guest columns.
City of Lodi receives grant to fight against gang crimes
Police Chief Mark Helms addresses the Lodi City Council during a shirtsleeve meeting focusing on gang activity Tuesday, March 20, 2012.
Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am
Updated: 8:05 pm, Mon Apr 23, 2012.
Four gang-related homicides have occurred in east Lodi since last August. Each crime was committed with a firearm that was in the hands of a juvenile or young adult. One of the victims was an 18-year old Lodi woman. She had graduated from a local high school and, by all accounts, had no gang ties and a bright future ahead of her.
That's just part of an uncomfortable but real message I delivered during a City Council study session on gang violence last Tuesday.
More about Gangs
Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am.
Updated: 8:05 pm.