SAN JOSE (KCBS)— Officials with the U.S. Justice Department are paying a visit to San Jose this week to see for themselves how the city’s anti-gang programs are working. The visit comes as city officials say gang violence is trending downward.
So far there have been seven gang-related homicides this year in San Jose, compared to 10 for all of last year, and 18 and 19 the previous two years.READ MORE: South Bay Retailer Shutters Store in Response to Smash-and-Grab Crime Wave
Mayor Chuck Reed said they’ve been lucky, but police have also been working hard.
“They’ve put in a lot of overtime. They’ve been creative in how they deploy their resources and they’ve engaged in our community-based organizations through the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force to have a great decline in the gang violence,” he said.
Federal officials stopped by a meeting of the gang prevention task force Friday where various stake holders talk about gang issues.READ MORE: Grieving Family Members Call for Justice for Slain Security Guard Kevin Nishita