Community Uniting Against Gangs

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The Denver Post

Six years after it was forced to disband after losing major funding, the Metro Denver Gang Coalition has revived in response to the recent gang-related slaying of Denver Broncos’ cornerback Darrent Williams. The coalition, a group of more than a dozen organizations, is said to be devising new tactics and working in “unprecedented ways” with police, schools, service providers and faith-based organizations. Among the group’s pro-active innovations: dispatching mentors into neighborhoods right after incidents of youth gang violence in order to quell calls for retaliation; positioning trained adult chaperones with two-way radios at sports events between rival high schools; and raising $10,000 to revive a popular gang tattoo-removal program that closed last year due to lack of insurance coverage. March 8,