FREMONT — Law enforcement officers know of more than 2,300 gang members in the Tri-City area, with 1,332 belonging to the Norteo gang and 580 identifying with the rival Sureo gang.

Another 405 individuals belong to Asian gangs, white supremacist groups or others.

And despite a slight drop in the number of gang-related arrests in the Tri-City area in 2005, after a consistent rise the three previous years, gang incidents are increasing, said Dan Bouchet, commander of the Southern Alameda County gang task force.

Furthermore, although he didn't have the exact statistics, Fremont police Sgt. Howard Russell said overall youth violence has escalated the past couple of years, particularly in north Fremont, at or near American High School.

Information like this, including how to tell if someone is affiliated with a gang and what people can do to keep their communities safe, will be shared with the public during a workshop on gang and violence awareness Thursday at Washington High School.

The meeting is co-sponsored by the Fremont Council PTA,

the school district's Parent Representative Advisory Assembly and the Fremont Adult School.

With the gang-related stabbing at Kennedy High School in September and the parent advisory assembly's focus this year on campus safety, a meeting at this time seemed appropriate, parent Kris Gramlich said.

A similar meeting two years ago proved to be an eye-opener, she said, adding that she learned to look for signs of gang affiliations based on graffiti and the clothes an individual wears.


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Attendees will walk away from the workshop with a greater awareness of how to improve their community, Gramlich said.

"They'll be able to recognize in their own neighborhood where problems might be going on. They'll be aware and maybe they can stop something from happening," she said.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Washington High cafeteria, 38442 Fremont Blvd. Call (510) 659-2594.