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Gang Enforcement Team working hard to reduce gang-related crime

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Gang Enforcement Team (GET) officers report there’s been an increase in gang-related crime throughout Portland.

“We seem to have a spike toward the end of the year, last year as well,” Officer Patrick Murphy said.

Data shows the amount of serious gang-related crimes have increased, GET reports most of the numbers are gang-related shootings.

In 2014, GET reports there were 109 reported serious gang-related crime. Though, last year numbers nearly doubled to 193 crimes. In addition to shootings, this includes attempted murders and stabbings.

So far in 2016, there’s been a report of 106 gang-related crimes.

Officer Murphy doesn’t work alone; his partner Officer Brian Dale is by his side.

“A lot of gang members we deal with are armed,” Dale said.

Dale adds, he doesn’t put himself in that position deliberately without a partner.

The two officers said much of their work is proactive, gathering up to date information about current gangs and its members. Also, they immerse themselves in the community so people know who they are or possibly deter any unwanted attention to a particular neighborhood.

GET reports come October, its team will be reduced to five officers and one sergeant. Murphy said patrolling is key to preventing crimes from occurring.

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