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Gangs violence is a growing problem in Cleveland. WKYC Channel 3 hears complaints that residents are not seeing police patrolling areas where gangs are a problem.

We spent time with the Cleveland Police Gang Unit to see their efforts to get the most violent individuals off the streets.

In order to solve a problem, you have to understand it. We’ve complied some details on the make up of Cleveland’s gangs and the Cleveland Gang Unit:

  • For 90 days over the summer of 2014, a third squad was added to the Cleveland Police Gang Unit, bringing the number of officers up to 27.
  • The gang unit works undercover. They do not drive around in marked patrol cars, making their presence less visible.
  • The gang unit is focusing on violence involving guns.
  • Last year, the gang unit confiscated 91 guns.

This year, the gang unit had already exceeded that number by July

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