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New website aims to help combat gangs

A new website has been launched to help combat gang activity in Spokane County.

The website, developed by the Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council and the Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team, allows citizens to submit antonymous tips about gang activity.

Tipsters are given a tracking number to check the status of the tip, and law enforcement will be able to tell them whether any actions has been taken or if they need more information.

“Active involvement and communication with the public is extremely important in making this website a success,” according to a news release. “Giving the public a way to be heard and have their tips validated should encourage continual involvement by the community in this gang effort. ”

The website includes information on gangs like the Crips and Bloods as well as outlaw motorcycle gangs and white supremacist groups.

Look for billboards promoting the website through Spokane County.

Visit the website at www.stopspokanegangs.org.

2 shootings reported last weekend

Two gang-related shootings were reported in Spokane on Valentine’s Day.

No one was injured in either shooting. In the first incident, officers responded to the 800 block of East Lyons about 1:45 a.m. for the report of multiple shots fired, and arrived to find a car had been damaged by multiple gunshots.

Later that morning, a similar shooting occurred near North Nevada and East Joseph, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (509) 625-GANG (4264). Anonymous tips are accepted.

The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement Team is investigating  The SVCGET is comprised of officers from Spokane, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, Washington State Patrol, state Department of Corrections, the FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Detectives still are investigating a Jan. 18 homicide they believe is gang related. Read more on that deadly shooting here.

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