Gang outreach initiative in Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA - KEPR is following up on gang outreach efforts in Walla Walla. We learned the sheriff's office is getting ready to launch a new initiative.

The Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department, Milton-Freewater Police, Walla Walla PD and College Place PD are all taking part. The goal is to connect gang members with social services and education opportunities.

Law enforcement is taking a page from efforts in Boston. Operation Cease Fire hopes to provide better options to gangs. Officials plan to launch the operation next month.

"To really try to positively affect individuals in a positive way, and make their life better, and in turn make the Walla Walla valley a better and safer place," said Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner.

The sheriff's office also recently got a grant to research setting up a youth center and a clearning house for hope.