CFCC and Law Enforcement to Present Seminar to Raise Awareness of Gangs in Local Area

WILMINGTON – While gangs are best known to be a problem in large urban areas, the greater Wilmington area is not immune to the gang culture and the problems the go with it.

To help educate the public about gang activity and how law enforcement deals with the issue, the Cape Fear Community College Criminal Justice Program is joining forces with the Wilmington Police Department, the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the District Attorney’s office to present an information seminar about gangs on Oct. 5 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. at the McKeithan Center at CFCC’s North Campus.

The program will feature a panel discussion featuring New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon, Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, Assistant District Attorney Jon David and FBI agent Keith Bethke.

The program will cover a variety of topics including the definition of a gang, how law enforcement defines a gang member, how gangs migrate to different cities, the types of cities that attract gangs, the gangs that are present in North Carolina, how to identify a gang member and what law enforcement s doing to combat the problem.

The program is free and open to the public.

CFCC’s two-year criminal justice program prepares students for employment in the areas of police, courts, or corrections. Some of the students enter the job market directly after graduation and others transfer to senior colleges and universities to pursue a four-year degree.

For more information, call 362-7383.