Carr Announces Creation of Georgia Anti-Gang Network
State Attorney General Chris Carr Wednesday announced the creation of the Georgia Anti-Gang Network.
The platform will bring together local, state and federal partners to increase communication and information sharing, in an effort to improve response to gang activity in the state.
In a media release, Carr’s office states, gang member recruitment is on the rise in Georgia. There are 71,000 validated gang affiliates and over 1,500 suspected gang networks. In a survey recently conducted by the Georgia Gang Investigators Association, 157 counties reported a rise in gang activity and 155 school districts reported suspected gang activity.
Authorities say criminals are now turning social media into a recruitment platform to specifically target younger audiences.