Cuomo assigns ‘gang prevention’ cops to Long Island schools where MS-13, others thrive

NY Daily News | 9/13/2017 | Kenneth Lovett
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ALBANY — Calling schools “the breeding ground” for dangerous gangs like MS-13, Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday announced state police will be going into schools to combat the problem.

Cuomo during a Long Island appearance said “gang prevention officers” from the State Police will be posted in the 10 Suffolk County schools believed to have the highest incidents of gang-related activity.

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Suffolk County has been ravaged murders and violence committed by the Central American-based gang. The situation even resulted in a visit recently by President Trump, who vowed to “destroy the vile cartel MS-13.”

Cuomo said he considers MS-13 “domestic terrorists.”

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“They are thugs,” Cuomo said. “They are thugs that have to be stamped out.”

Cuomo said school teachers are not equipped to deal with gang violence, which reinforces the need for a police presence that can work with educators to identify early warning signs of gang activity, interact with students, instructors and the community, and serve as a needed resource.

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The State Police will also release a gang awareness curriculum, Cuomo said.

“This will not stop on its own,” he said of the gang problem. “It will stop because we make it stop.”

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An existing interagency task force to go after MS-13 has led...
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