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Gangs, Gang Membership and Comprehensive Strategies

The tenets of community policing can be helpful in formulating comprehensive approaches for responding to gangs. These tenets are consistent with strategies that seek to balance prevention and intervention along with focused use of traditional enforcement approaches, while at the same time partnering with residents. Partnerships among law enforcement, schools, parents, youth, community and faith-based groups, and other government agencies, are critical to reducing the influence of gangs in diverse communities across the United States.

Resources

COPS Toolkits/Publications for Addressing Specific Gang Problems

Comprehensive Approaches to Gangs, Drugs, Guns, and Urban Violence

Statistics and Research on Gangs

Preventive Information for General or At-Risk Populations

Enforcement Programs and Strategies


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