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Keystone College in La Plume will host Operation Gang Up, a gang awareness training program April 9 from 12:30 – 2 p.m. at the Theatre in Brooks.

The event, which serves as a training program for Keystone criminal justice students, faculty and staff is open to the public and free of charge.

Operation Gang Up is a joint effort of U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and State Senator John Yudichak. The program is designed to create awareness and training for educators, community leaders, and law enforcement officials on the presence of national and local gangs operating in northeastern Pa. The project is funded by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and is coordinated by the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development. Keystone College coordinator for the event is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Stacey Wyland.

The primary trainer for the session will be Robert Maguire, intelligence captain for Lackawanna County Prison. Captain Maguire has been an employee of Lackawanna County Prison for more than 10 years. He has completed training and received certifications through the East Coast Gang Investigators and has earned the title of Certified Gang Professional.

Captain Maguire is a member of numerous gang investigating organizations and is co-founder and past president of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigators Association. He also founded and chairs the Lackawanna County Gang Task Force, which is comprised of federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers who meet monthly to address gangs and gang-related issues in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

For more information on Operation Gang Up, visit www.operationgangup.com.

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