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Controlling Gang Activity

Gangs have become increasingly more violent over time and have also increased their activity in drugs and other illegal activities to support the gang and help recruit new gang members, often from U.S. middle and high schools. In this scenario, you have been asked to begin a gang initiative with a community that has suffered an increase in gang activity over time.

Your police department follows closely the community policing paradigm, meaning it has realized the importance of working with the community as a whole to resolve long-term problems that have often stymied efforts led only by the police in the past. Recently, one of these community groups came to you, as police chief, and asked that you respond to what it feels is an increasingly dangerous gang problem in the community. There have been several serious incidents of violence and drive-by shootings, along with the increase in drug traffic and attempts to gain new gang members in your local middle and high schools.

You recognize that increasing patrols and arrests in the area will only solve the problem short term or perhaps just displace the problem, so you want to seek a more long-term solution.

Your police department has picked you to write an action plan that addresses this problem in the community. Your action plan should include, but is not limited to, the following:

Several initiatives that will assist in rectifying the problems, for example:
Educational initiatives
Local initiatives

Discuss the following:
Type of assistance will you ask from the community as a whole?
What role will the department itself take?
How will you measure the effectiveness of your plan?

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The action plan for reducing gang activity and gang related crimes will have the following objectives:
Develop training programs for youth
Gang resistance and education training in middle and elementary schools;
Developing coordination among the department, public schools, and service provider's teams;
Develop school based law enforcement, and classroom curriculum.
Develop positive life skills that help youth avoid gang involvement.
Setting academic goals, higher education, academic enrichment, homework assistance, college preparation and awareness;

Develop prevention services among local government agencies/community organizations;
Contact and develop community based resources:
Coordinate between City departments, local district, and county schools, and social ...

Solution Summary

This solution explains an action plan for preventing gang war. The sources used are also included in the solution.