The forums, which will take place over the next several weeks, will give residents the chance to air their concerns about the violence and advise the city about how to stem gang activity in their neighborhoods, according to Mario Maciel, spokesman for the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force.
Santa Cruz police said five suspects were arrested Saturday in the gang-related, drive-by shooting death last year of a 12-year-old boy associated with the Sureno street gang.
There have been more than 3,800 robberies reported in Oakland this year, representing a 24% jump compared with the number of reported robberies in Oakland during the same time period last year.
The San Jose Police Department said Monday that a program implemented this summer to reduce gang-related crime has led to an overall 20 percent reduction in crime from last year.
Police in Richmond announced Wednesday that a months-long operation involving wiretaps has led to the arrests of nearly two dozen alleged members of one of the city’s most violent gangs.
Authorities have refused to identify eight men they recently arrested as part of one of Oakland’s primary crime fighting strategies.
Oakland police have arrested several members of a violent gang investigators believe is responsible for armed robberies and burglaries throughout the Bay Area.
Richmond police are investigating a series of violent incidents during the past two days including shootings that wounded five people and a car chase in which a suspect vehicle rammed into a police car.
Novato police arrested two teenage boys after weapons were found in their car during a traffic stop on Monday night, a police sergeant said.
Police arrested four suspected gang members Sunday night after a shooting in San Francisco that led to a pursuit over the Bay Bridge and a crash into a church in Oakland, a police spokesman said Monday.