April 9, 2012
NEW — 4:50 p.m. April 9, 2012
Reagan Dunn, Newcastle representative on the King County Council, outlined additional tools Monday to combat gang-violence.
The proposed legislation calls for establishing anti-criminal street gang emphasis areas and allow judges to prohibit people convicted of gang-related crimes from entering areas of high gang activity.
In 2011, officials recorded 802 gang-related incidents countywide.
“Illegal gang activity is on the rise and has put our communities at risk,” Dunn said in a statement. “These ordinances will give law enforcement another tool to use against those suspected of gang-related activity. It’s a giant step in the right direction and I urge my colleagues to support its immediate adoption.”