Danville Police continue fighting gangs despite threats

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DANVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) The Danville Police Department is investigating credible threats made against its officers.

Officers say they're being targeted by gang members, but that's not stopping police from going after them.

Officers say they seized evidence of gang activity last night- as well as weapons and drugs.

Most officers say they're going about their jobs as normal. They say this does not change their approach to anything. Their goal is to fight this gang activity and make the community feel safe.

"We're out here to be a deterrence and to help people along, to referee and mediate. That's what we do. That's our job," says Sgt. Stuart Yeaman with the Danville Police Department.

"Danville Police Department Killers," or DPDK, have a goal to harm police. Police have a goal to protect the community, and themselves.

That's why no day is the same for them.

"We don't do anything routine. We don't sit around in one spot. We're always moving around. That's part of our training," says Sgt. Yeaman.

Two police cars have been shot, and a third shot at in the last few months.

The department believes it's younger individuals who are trying to build up street credibility.

They say parents need to be more aware of what their kids are doing.

"Enjoy life with them. Go to school with them. Be a part of the programs the school has," says Sgt. Yeaman.

The city wants you to reach out if you have any suspicions of gang activity.

"I don't think anyone who has a loved one wants them to be involved in this kind of activity," says Danville City Manager, Ken Larking.

The city says this release was put out in an abundance of caution. They are taking these situations very seriously.

"They're our coworkers. We care about them. We want to make sure they're safe, so we're going to do what we can to keep them safe," says Larking.

Sgt. Yeaman wants the community to come together.

"The old saying that a village raises a child is very true. It takes all of us," he says.

He says the department is not letting these threats get their morale down.

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