Pitt County Sheriff’s Office hoping to crack down on gang violence

PITT COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – Local law enforcement is hoping to cut down on gang activity in Pitt County.

Sheriff Neil Elks said they want to focus more resources on combating the growing issue.

Patrol deputies say those crimes are no longer limited to the small communities within city limits, but instead are active throughout the county.

He requested adding two gang investigators to the force to help track and bring a stop to the crimes.

Although many incidents happen within the gangs themselves, Elks said this will benefit the whole community.

The sheriff is also asking for an intelligence officer to work in the detention center.

The officer would monitor gang activity among inmates.

A public hearing on the county’s proposed budget happens next Tuesday.

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