Gangs

Criminal Street Gangs

Over the past few years law enforcement personnel and school officials from numerous counties in our commonwealth have reported the appearance and/or increase in the number of young people identifying themselves as a member of a Criminal Street Gang. This trend is occurring nationwide and is affecting not only large metropolitan areas, but smaller communities as well. While a majority of the contacts law environment personnel have with these subjects are occurring away from normal school activities it is clear that the number of criminal street gang members at the school age level is on the rise.

Information also indicates that children as young as nine years of age are engaging in illegal activities linked to these groups on school grounds and active recruitment of these children is occurring. The presence of these gangs in our school districts presents a special concern for those charged with the safety of students.

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Lt. Ken Armstrong and Officer Todd Phillips, Lexington Police Department, prepared information for both schools and communities on criminal street gangs in our schools, “What to Look For and What You Can Do to Address Them”.

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RESPONDING TO GANGS IN SCHOOLS: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO SCHOOL SAFETY

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Gangs in SchoolsResponding to Gangs in Schools: A Collaborative Approach to School Safety – “Gangs in Schools” – This guide from the National Gang Center is designed to provide schools and law enforcement with sound practices and collaborative techniques to identify, assess, and address gang activity in the school setting. Permission is granted by the National Gang Center to make adaptations to the Gangs in Schools guide. The National Gang Center requests that the following language be included when adapting the brochure for local needs: “Adapted from Gangs in Schools, National Gang Center.”

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STREET GANGS IN OUR SCHOOLS

SSI Gangs Website Image Street Gangs Schools PowerPointWhat to Look For and What You Can Do to Address Them. (PowerPoint presentation) – The general purpose of this presentation is to provide our readers/viewers (educators, schools, community members) with basic information related to the identification of activities associated with criminal street gangs and its members. Prepared by Lt. Ken Armstrong and Officer Todd Phillips, Lexington Police Department, June 2008© Hinting, writing, or talking about suicide is a call for help and must be taken seriously. When confronted with a situation in which life-threatening behavior is present, immediate mobilization of all appropriate resources is paramount. Under such conditions, commitment to student confidentiality is superseded by the need to initiate life saving interventions.

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LEARNING CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT

SSI Gangs Website Image NIJ Crime SolutionsThe Gangs section of OJP’s CrimeSolutions.gov site provides information about and evaluations of programs related to gang reduction activities.

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BEST PRACTICES TO ADDRESS COMMUNITY GANG PROBLEMS

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Best PracticesBest Practices to Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model

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OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION

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SCHOOL GUIDE TO PREVENTING GANG INVOLVEMENT

SSI Gangs Website Image School GuideSchool Guide to Preventing Gang Involvement

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PARENT GUIDE TO PREVENTING GANG INVOLVEMENT

SSI Gangs Website Image Parent GuideParent Guide to Preventing Gang Involvement

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PARENTS’ GUIDE TO GANGS

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Parent GuideParents’ Guide to Gangs – (OJJDP)

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A PARENT’S QUICK REFERENCE CARD

SSI Gangs Website Image COPS Parent CardA Parent’s Quick Reference Card: Recognizing and Preventing Gang Involvement (COPS)

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NATIONAL GANG CENTER

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GUÍA DE PADRES EN LA PREVENCIÓN DEL ENREDO EN PANDILLAS

SSI Gangs Website Image Spanish HandoutGuía de Padres en la Prevención del Enredo en Pandillas – Spanish – Parents

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PARENTS’ GUIDE TO GANGS – SPANISH

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Parent Guide SpanishParents’ Guide to Gangs – Spanish

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 2010 NATIONAL YOUTH GANG SURVEY

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Gang SurveyHighlights of the 2010 National Youth Gang Survey – (OJJDP) April 2012, NCJ 237542

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STRIVING TO REDUCE YOUTH VIOLENCE EVERYWHERE

SSI Gangs Website Image CDC STRYVEStriving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) is a national initiative, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which takes a public health approach to preventing youth violence before it starts. …

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INDICATORS OF SCHOOL CRIME AND SAFETY

SSI Gangs Website Image NCES Indicators of School CrimeA joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics, this annual report examines crime occurring in schools and colleges. This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population from an array of sources–the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, the School and Staffing Survey and the Campus Safety and Security Survey.

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Gang Assessment

OJJDP COMPREHENSIVE GANG MODEL – A GUIDE TO ASSESSING YOUR …

SSI Gangs Website Image OJJDP Comprehensive ModelOffice of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention – Best Practices to Address Community. Gang Problems: OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model.

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