The Medford Police Department is taking a different approach to solve gang-related crimes. There is now at least two full-time officers who focus on gang suppression and find potential gang members before they break the law.
News Watch 12 spoke to a woman who lives in west Medford. She did not want to go on camera for fear of retribution.
“You never know, someone could get mad. We had a car vandalized behind our house and garage tagged,” she said. The resident says she’s seen her fair share of gang-related crimes.
“They were shooting in the ground to intimidate someone. You know, that wasn’t publicized on the news but it happened. There’s a lot that goes on around here that doesn’t make the news,” she explained.
Police are working to curb gang activity so residents don’t have to live in fear. A team of officers are now dedicated to gang activity in the area. The officers are focused on Medford’s dominant gangs, which are the Nortenos and Sorenos. Police say they have noticed a difference.
“We have absolutely seen a decrease in that and we’re not getting the calls for service for gang activity then we did a month ago,” explained Medford Police Lt. Curtis Whipple.