SAN JUAN — Keeping track of the city's gang presence will get a little easier for police.
The San Juan Police Department recently received a $30,000 grant from Gov. Rick Perry's office to purchase Gangscope — database software that allows
investigators to log and track information about local gangs.
"Hopefully we can monitor and identify (gang members) a lot quicker than we did," San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said.
The grant will also go toward paying overtime for two San Juan officers who specialize in gang activity.
The database software provides officers an easy way to capture, analyze, search and share gang intelligence with other police departments.
The chief said he knows of no other departments in the Rio Grande Valley that currently have the software.
San Juan is home to several gangs that have major presences in Hidalgo County, including the Tri-City Bombers - referring to Pharr, San Juan and Alamo
— the Po'Boys, the Vallucos and the Texas Chicano Brotherhood.
Since San Juan launched its own gang unit in 2009, investigators have identified at least 150 gang members operating in the area, Gonzalez said.
San Juan police will work in connection with the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo school district to use the software to log and identify potential gang members and their activity, Gonzalez said.
"If they want to conduct any activity in the PSJA area, we're going to be able to monitor it with other arrests and other agencies," the chief said of gang members.[Text Via The Monitor Video Via Fox Rio 2]