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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2005
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Call it what you will, police action welcome

Decatur Police Chief Joe Gilliam doesn't like to call a renewed emphasis on curbing gang and illegal drug activities a "crackdown."

"We're going to do what we've always done," Gilliam said, of the growing problems of Hispanic gangs and homemade illegal drugs.

City Councilmen Ronny Russell and Billy Jackson requested the renewed police emphasis in response to increased activities in their respective districts.

Gilliam said he is devising a plan to allocate Police Department resources according to the problems, which city officials heard plenty about at a community meeting Tuesday.

No matter how many resources police allocate to addressing this problem, though, they will be unable to effectively combat the illegal activity without the help of the people who live there and see it every day.

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