FAIRBANKS - Officials in Fairbanks plan to conduct a survey later this month to determine the extent of gang activity.
The survey will be mailed to 500 homes and given to students in seventh to 12th grades, if the parents agree.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that by late March a task force will have a better understanding of gang activity and how to counter it.
The project director for the Fairbanks Gang Reduction and Intervention Network, Shea Daniels, said the survey asks questions to determine why youngsters join gangs.
Police Chief Laren Zager said the survey also should help law enforcement.