Guymon Gangs Decline

Eddie Adamson, Chief of Police
Eddie Adamson, Chief of Police
Mike Boring, District Attorney
Mike Boring, District Attorney

Gang influence and activity in Guymon are down, but not out. That, according to local authorities.

Last October, after some high schoolers admitted to gang affiliation, city leaders banded together with the community to confront the problem head on.

Back then, buildings were tagged in spray paint with gang symbols.

Today, while not all of the graffiti is cleaned up, the Chief of Police says the city has made headway. Eddie Adamson says, "we've had arrests made, several drug arrests and weapons violations so we let them know we are doing our part."

Adamson says a park is one example of the city's intolerance of gangs. Teenagers we spoke with there say they have not been approached to join a gang....a far cry from a year ago.

The District Attorney attributes that to schools knowing what to look for. Mike Boring says, "they're looking for warning signs and when they see those warning signs, contacting the appropriate agency."

However, both men say law enforcement is just one component in cracking down on gang influence.

Adamson says, "we have put a dent in it, the problem has not progressed to the point where it's out of hand. We knew by getting the community involved it wouldn't happen and it hasn't."

Boring says, "the public is informed on what to do and what to look for and if they see certain things, they've been good about contacting law enforcement."

They also say educating people when they are young is key to preventing potential gang problems in the long run.

Adamson tells us the several arrests are not the long term answer to the problem, rather educating the community to ward off gang influence is.