Gangs are organized crime that is present in about every city across the nation. But do they pose a threat to us right here in Laredo? One local student speaks out about his encounter with a local gang. "Four years ago I got beat up by four guys, they were in an organization called the ‘Jokers.’ They broke my jaw, sent me to the hospital and left me this nasty scar right here." "Local enforcement says because we live so close to the border, of course we are going to have some gang activity. But they say Laredo sees most of its gang activity is from juveniles "Everything from tagging groups that are responsible for some of the graffiti you see around the city parks to more organized and series crimes." The Laredo Police Department has a special task force they call J.E.T, or juvenile enforcement team, who targets and identifies the organized crime in Laredo. "The cartels and the criminal organizations, they target younger people, they lure them in with the promise, you know the lifestyle, the money, the women, the vehicles." The annual report released by DPS identifies one local organized gang as one of the top threats in the state, Hermandad de Pistoleros Latinos. According to the report, the gang operates out of South Texas and has their main hub in Laredo and Webb County. Police tell us, the community is safe. "The law enforcement community is well aware which organizations are networked and well organized in our jurisdiction. We know who the players are, so the law enforcement officers, the people who are involved in criminal intelligence gathering, they all know who these active members are." City officials also report Laredo has significantly decreased their crime rate over the past four years. Texas Department of Public Safety also reports there are more than 2500 gangs operating throughout the state of Texas. Most gang activity is seen in the larger cities like Houston and Dallas.