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Nyssa police focus on building trust and relationships to stymie gangs

Ray Rau, Nyssa police chief, said he believes building relationships with the community is a key reason his city does not have a gang problem. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

NYSSA – Last September, Timber Godina came to Nyssa to see his girlfriend.

Godina, police said, arrived in town trailed by an Idaho felony warrant.

Police also said they believed he was connected to area gangs.

Godina’s stay in Nyssa didn’t last long. In fact, he was in town just a few hours. That’s because before he had been inside city limits more than an hour police were tipped off by three people.

When police arrived at the apartment where Godina was, they didn’t even have to knock. The mother of Godina’s girlfriend opened the door and asked them in . . .