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Basalt police host meeting on ‘local gang issues’

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – The Basalt Police Department will host a public meeting Thursday about local gang issues.

The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Basalt Regional Library. The discussion will feature specialists with the Threat Assessment Group of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

The presentation will cover what the Threat Assessment Group does; why kids join gangs; identification of symbols, signs, graffiti and tattoos; and suspected gang activity in the Basalt area. There will also be a question-and-answer session for concerned midvalley residents.

Basalt Police Chief Roderick O’Connor organized the meeting after two Basalt youths were arrested in April for allegedly plotting to kidnap and murder another young man. Two other boys were allegedly going to help carry out the act. The plot was foiled when parents of at least one of the youths supplied police with information.

Basalt Police said at the time of the first arrest that the incident was a case of members in one gang wanting to potentially murder a rival gang member.

For more information on the meeting, contact O’Connor at 927-4316.