Authorities in Troy working to keep kids out of gangs

TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – U.S Attorney Richard Hartunian and several law enforcement agencies are unveiling their leadership project for Troy City Schools.

Officials say the program aims to help children avoid gangs, drugs and violence and will ultimately reduce the cycle of crime. Eighteen agencies are working together on this, including the FBI, Homeland Security, the Rensselear County District Attorney, and the Troy Police Department. Those agencies will have members go into Troy’s classrooms to teach students about the dangers of joining a gang and how to choose the right path.

Attorney Hartunian says they chose to start with 5th graders because they’re old enough to know right from wrong and want to get them before they fall down the wrong path.

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