- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities on Long Island say they’ve added more members to a gang intelligence unit to handle the rising number of incarcerated gang members in Suffolk County jails.

County officials say they now have six correction officer investigators, two sergeants and one lieutenant. The team is tasked with monitoring the activity of close to 300 gang members incarcerated in jails in Riverhead and Yaphank (YAP’-hank).

Officials say Suffolk County jails now have the highest number of gang members in 10 years. The gang intelligence unit works to get inmates to self-identify so they can separate rival gangs.

Officials say this prevents slayings and kidnappings of key witnesses. The unit also works to decipher gang hierarchies to limit violence outside of jails.

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