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Gang Awareness Conference Unites Entities In Fight Against Violent Crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 26 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Hundreds of law enforcement members, school administrators, human service professionals and community leaders from Western Pennsylvania will assemble this week to discuss violent crime and gang activity. The sixth annual Regional Gang Awareness Conference will be held Wed., Sept. 28, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at the Regional Learning Alliance Center at Cranberry Woods, located at 850 Cranberry Woods Drive, in Cranberry Township.

The objective of the conference is to enhance partnerships toward effectively combating gangs and to develop methods of information sharing and case development. This year’s agenda includes:

8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
David J. Hickton, U.S. Attorney
Michael Rodriguez, Special Agent in Charge. FBI
Don Robinson, Asst. Special Agent in Charge, ATF

8:45 a.m. Threat Assessment in Schools/The Final Report and Findings of the Safe School Initiative
Art Kelly, III, Safe Schools Initiative

12:30 p.m. Lunch with Keynote Speaker
Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Promise

1:30 p.m. Cyber Bullying
Keith Mularski, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

2:45 p.m. Explosives Awareness
Bill Wojnar, Assistant Bomb Squad Commander
Allegheny County Police

The Regional Gang Awareness Conference is an example of how federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and community members can join together in the fight against violent street crime. The various agencies participating in the summit may have different missions but share in the effort and responsibility to make communities safer.

The conference is co-sponsored by: the United States Attorney’s Office, Project Safe Neighborhoods, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania.

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