With gang activity on the rise, LCC hosts prevention symposium

EUGENE, Ore. -- With reported gang activity on the rise in Lane County about 250 people gathered at Lane Community College on Saturday for a gang prevention symposium.

Organizers said that the symposium was aimed at bringing the community together to combat the increased gang activity.

The gang prevention panel featured a number of speakers included teachers, law enforcement, parents and academics.

Panel members laid out the extent of the gang activity, prevention efforts and possible intervention tactics to interested community members.

Sandy Shaffer one of the organizers of the event made it clear that gangs in Lane County don't fit the stereotypes seen in movies.

"There are kids from affluent families as well as disadvantaged families. There are kids who are well-educated there are young adults really a broad cross section of folks that are being lured into gang activity," said Shaffer.

Shaffer said that many people aren't aware that there is a gang problem in Lane County. She planned another symposium in April to further inform the public about gang activity.