I know the crime is bad around here (not really much worse than many other places though), but I drive ALL around Jackson. I usually drive through what some might consider "the hood" on a regular basis. I have never seen what I thought to be a gang anywhere in this town. I don't hear/read about shootout's neither.
The policeneed to focus on getting out into the community, being friendly, and doing more patrolling instead of setting up speed traps instead of worrying about non-existant gangs. I think all they are trying to do is try and get more people to snitch on others by trying to get the community involved.