There is not a community in America
that is free from the influence of gangs. Using the demand
for illegal drugs, gangs have expanded across the country seeking
to fulfill their "need for greed".
The increase of gang violence by
individuals of all sexes, races, and ages have caused gangs
to become a primary concern for law enforcement agencies everywhere.
More extensive training and increased police manpower are just
two of the steps law enforcement officials are already using
to combat the problem, but gangs will never go away without
the involvement and commitment of parents, school officials,
and all members of the community. This presentation is
designed to provide parents and the community with some basic
information about gangs. It can be used as a guide in
recognizing street gangs and street gang activity that may exist
in your neighborhood. Also included are some small steps
that the community, especially parents, can take to help in
the fight against gangs.
Law enforcement personnel have
always taken a "ZERO TOLERANCE" stand against gangs.
With your help, we can continue to do so until we convince all
gang members that their influence and criminal activity will
not be tolerated.