Tacoma city officials knew they had a gang problem, and a survey published this week has brought out new worries.
The survey, called The Tacoma Gang Project, found 651 active gang members and associates within the city. The survey also uncovered that gang recruitment happens as early as middle school. North of Tacoma, King County reports 10,000 gang members within 140 active criminal street gangs and an increase of 165 percent in gang related crimes.
“There is lots of gang activity up and down the I-5 corridor,” said King County Councilman Reagan Dunn.