ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orlando Police Department and the FBI spoke about the ongoing gang violence in the county Friday morning.
As several gang-related incidents have happened across the county in the last month, leaders are pushing to end the violence.
Orange County Sheriff John Mina said between Orlando police and the sheriff’s office, more than 175 arrests have been made and more than 50 guns have been taken out of the hands of gang members.
Officials said there has to be a combination of holding gang members accountable and community involvement to help quell the violence.
“We have made over 100 gang related arrests but we cannot arrest our way out of this,” Orlando police deputy chief Jose Velez said. “Community involvement is a must.”
During the news conference, officials said their number one priority is targeting the two main gangs fueling the violence in Orange County, the 438 gang and the Army gang. They said each gang has around 50 members.
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Ronald Hopper said both criminal organizations have the FBI’s attention now.
“We share in the commitment to rid our neighborhoods of these violent criminal street gangs," Hopper said.
Last month, deputies said “gang feuds" were tied to several murders in the county, including the death of a 3-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy. A $20,000 reward for information has been issued in each case.
Mina said there are people in the community who know who is responsible for their deaths. He said it is up to them to call and get those responsible off the streets.
“We are all working together collectively to ensure the safety of our community," Mina said.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings plans to release details about a task force that will focus on gang-related crime.
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