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Community Voices 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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Posted: Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am

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.

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