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Sheriff's Office new position to fight gang activity


Gang activity has increased around McLennan County and the Sheriff's Office has made a new position to help officers fight back.

After the McLennan County Commissioners Court adopted the new budget Friday morning, a new position was also approved at the County Jail. It will be called a gang investigator.

"His primary focus will be to gather and disseminate information on people that are brought to jail to determine whether they're gang members, active gang members and so forth," Cpt. Bubba Colyer with the Sheriff's Office said.

Colyer says this new person will be at the jail looking into possible gang tattoos, who's in gangs and what gangs are in what areas. Colyer says this investigation was done by anyone with free time, but now someone can work on it full time.

"With it not being a full time position some stuff may be put on the back burner," Colyer said. "The key is going to be communication and the ability to get this information out there."

This position comes after the Waco Police Department gathered local law enforcements together in July to talk about fighting against the gang population.

"This sort of up tick in local activity is from what we would consider neighborhood gangs," Assistant Chief Ryan Holt said.

Colyer and Holt say this new gang investigator will help more than just the Sheriff's Office. All the information piled at the jail can be given to local law enforcements including Waco and other surrounding departments.

"Having somebody in a jail situation working for the Sheriff's Office could be instrumental to gaining into that might take longer to get," Holt said.

"We're not an island and we try to work with local agencies because these bad guys are our bad guys."

The Sheriff's Office says they're still working to figure out who will fill the position and when, but officials say that person could have an immediate impact.

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