Local Sheriff to Combat Gangs

By: Amy Kehm
By: Amy Kehm

He quickly became what you could call an "expert" on gang activity, and now he'll share that knowledge across the state. Augusta County Sheriff Randy Fisher was thrown into the world of Virginia gangs May 22, when he linked a murder in West Augusta to a local gang.

Since then, he's established an intelligence network with other local law enforcement. And he says it's working. Now he's been appointed to a state gang task force, where he will share his expertise.

Fisher notes that the West Augusta murder was on the job training, saying, "We got a good education by talking to these individuals that were involved in the crime. And, you know, you just don't get that, sitting in a classroom, reading material. You just don't get the feel for it."

Fisher says he will also focus on educating parents about gangs, and steering their children away from them.


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