The Manchester Police Department has created a unit aimed at preventing gang related crimes in New Hampshire.
According to police, a gang is three or more people involved in crime activity.
NBC 10 Boston went on a ride-a-long with two of the four officers in the unit on Thursday through the areas that tend to have an uptick in gang activity.
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The first stop was the Manchester skate park. The skate park attracts young crowd/s especially in the warmer months, but it also a place where gang violence has erupted like a fight that could have turned deadly.
"It resulted in shots fired," said Officer Ryan Hardy. So one of the individuals had a firearm and discharged it at the end of the altercation.”
The police department hopes the unit will connect with gang members and build a relationship with the department.
"They know us by name and by face so it's not always a negative contact," said Sgt. Mike Biron.
The unit said they’re also working with local non profits to help stop at risk youth from ever joining a gang.