Understanding Gang Culture In Communities: A Collaborative Approach
When law enforcement agencies and school and community based programs are combined, the results can be successfully measured. Understanding the Gang Culture in a collaborative effort can help various agencies work together to implement effective methods that focus on prevention, intervention, and suppression. The process of joining forces can be challenging at times because the structure of gang culture is constantly changing. These factors include; new gang leadership (as a result of incarceration or death) gang relocation, and an increase of sophisticated gang activity. In addition to these challenges, there are often misconceptions of how each of these agencies operate or a lack of understanding on how policies and procedures are implemented. Even though they are working toward the same goal.
The session will provide the participant with a greater understanding of the power and influence of street gangs in the community and school setting. There are several factors that the participant needs to understand about gangs:
• The Power of Gangs to motivate and directly sanction criminal activity through intimidation to gain control.
• Criminal activity in the company of one another creating a culture and subculture unknown to the layman.
• School and communities become fearful and are unwilling to assist law enforcement in the apprehension.
The collaborative understanding and approach will help bridge the gap of differences between the agencies in order to deal effectively with the ongoing gang issue.