ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp said there are about 71,000 gang members in the state of Georgia. He's trying to combat violent crimes by creating a gang task force with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

On Monday, Kemp, along with GBI Director Vic Reynolds at his side, announced that Jaret Usher would lead the task force. 

"I will tell you without any hesitation she is one of, if not the top, gang prosecutor in our state," Reynolds said.

In the budget, Kemp said $500,000 will be made available for the task force.

"I've made my position clear when it comes to street gangs and drug cartels," Kemp said. "It is a serious issue in our state, one that we cannot afford to ignore."

"Nearly every county in Georgia has reported gang activity," he said.

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