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Free seminar for business on how to deal with gangs
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Manteca Police are hoping to arm merchants with information on how to best keep gang activity from creating problems for their business.

A gang awareness and prevention for business program conducted by Manteca Police gang officers takes place this Thursday at the Main Street Café on West Yosemite Avenue. The free hour-long sessions are at 7 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m. There will be free soda and coffee.

Unlike during previous gang violence fare-ups in Manteca, several businesses including convenience stores have been caught in the crossfire since April. One such store had two separate gang-related incidents in its parking lot including one where a customer standing in line got hit in the arm by a stray bullet.

The free session will discuss what to look for, how one should react, and steps they can take to make their business less likely to become a location for gang activity.

It is part of the city’s 23rd annual week-long community awareness effort to fight crime known as National Night Out.

The National Night Out effort also involves

•The California Motorcycle Officer Skills Competition on Saturday, Aug, 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot at Orchard Valley near Atherton Drive and Union Road. The public is encouraged to attend

• The 16th annual car show and cruise conducted by the Manteca Police Community Emergency Response Team on Sunday, Aug, 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library Park. The entry fee is $20. Those with vehicles entered will be able to go on a legal cruise of the community. For more information, go to or call (209) 471-2306.