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 SRO’s approaching gang prevention head on: WINNSBORO — Sgt. Steve McDonald and Cpl. Rick Gibson recently attended Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) classes to prepare themselves to teach the curriculum to elementary and middle school students in Fairfield County. The two school resource officers went to training Aug. 26 through Aug. 30 at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia, which is under the U.S. Department of Justice. Gibson and McDonald learned from national G.R.E.A.T. instructors who teach the same program across the nation.
Source: Herald Independent.com  Date: 9/30/2013
  
 Councilwoman Urges Full Funding of Long Beach PD Gang Unit: Long Beach Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske last week issued a statement regarding gangs and sex trafficking activity in the city. “As a member of the Council Public Safety Committee, I am very concerned about the cuts that were made in the Long Beach Police Department's Gang Unit in the Mayor's Budget.
Source: Long Beach Patch.com  Date: 9/30/2013
  
 Gangs in Northern Virginia increasingly selling children for sex: She was a month shy of her 17th birthday when the gang’s leader approached her outside a Tennessee hotel, engaging her in playful banter. But soon “Chyna,” as she would come to be known, was traveling up and down the Eastern Seaboard with the gangster and his friends, having sex with strangers for cash. At a trial in federal district court in Alexandria this month, prosecutors said Chyna was one of at least four teenagers sold as sex workers by the “Cold-blooded Cartel,” a Georgia-based gang that found Northern Virginia to be an especially lucrative territory to prostitute children. Their case, prosecutors say, is indicative of a disturbing phenomenon in the Washington area. More and more gangs are prostituting teens, finding it a bigger moneymaker than drugs or weapons.
Source: Washington Post  Date: 9/29/2013
  
 Twitter: The new face of crime: Political extremists, criminals and gang members are advertising their wares, flaunting their exploits and recruiting new members in 140 characters or less, according to law enforcement authorities, criminologists and security experts. The most shocking example occurred a week ago when the extremist group al-Shabab live-tweeted about the mall siege in Kenya, defending the mass killing, threatening more violence and taunting the military.
Source: USA Today  Date: 9/29/2013
  
 Cops raid county jail: Multi-agency effort nets insight into gang communications: OROVILLE — Razor blades, gang notes and handcuff keys were among the items confiscated during a multi-agency raid Thursday at the Butte County Jail. Authorities conducted searches in the maximum security cells of alleged gang members in efforts to crack down on criminal activity at the jail and gain information on the organizations.
Source: orovillemr.com  Date: 9/23/2013
  
 Denver anti-gang advocate held in Park Hill shooting: One of the city's most prominent anti-gang activists was in a Denver jail cell Saturday, accused of shooting another man multiple times during a community rally he had helped organize in Park Hill. Terrance Roberts, 37, faces charges including attempted murder and first-degree assault stemming from the Friday night shooting, which happened in the parking lot of a new Boys & Girls Club and across the street from Roberts' own outreach office. Police officials did not release the identity of the wounded man, but sources said he is 22-year-old Hassan Jones, who remained in critical condition Saturday night.
Source: denverpost.com  Date: 9/21/2013
  
 BR to expand BRAVE project with $1M federal grant: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden says the city has been awarded a $1 million federal grant to expand the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination project, an anti-gang initiative credited with reducing the city's murder rate over the past year. Holden spokesman Scott Dyer said Thursday the grant will be implemented over a three-year period, expanding from the crime-ridden 70805 ZIP code to neighborhoods in the 70802 Zip code, which had the most killings last year with 23.
Source: katc.com  Date: 9/20/2013
  
 Ten Cities Join With Justice Department For National Summit On Preventing Youth Violence: WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2013 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senior Justice Department officials and teams of mayors, police chiefs, school officials and youth from ten cities will discuss strategies for reducing youth violence and gang activity at the National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence Sept. 26-27. Boston; Camden, N.J.; Chicago; Detroit; Memphis, Tenn.; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Philadelphia; Salinas, Calif. and San Jose, Calif. are the ten cities participating in the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, which was created in 2010 at the direction of President Obama.
Source: sacbee.com  Date: 9/20/2013
  
 Public Enemies: Social Media Is Fueling Gang Wars in Chicago: Just about any teenager in Chicago today can tell you the story of Chief Keef and Lil JoJo, two rappers from the South Side neighborhood of Englewood whose songs serve as anthems for their rival gangs. Keef, an 18-year-old whose real name is Keith Cozart, is the most successful of the city’s emerging “drill” sound rappers (named after a slang term for shooting someone). Last year, while under house arrest for aiming a gun at a police officer, Cozart uploaded some videos to YouTube that eventually landed him an estimated $6 million deal with Interscope Records. The title of one of his early hits, “3hunna,” is a nickname for the Black Disciples gang, and in the song he maligns the Tooka gang, a crew affiliated with the enemy Gangster Disciples. “Fucka Tooka gang, bitch, I’m 3hunna,” he chants. Last spring, Joseph Coleman, then a baby-faced 18-year-old calling himself Lil JoJo, responded to Chief Keef’s musical provocations with his own uploaded song that included the hook “Niggas claim 300 but we BDK,” that is, Black Disciples Killers. In his “3HUNNAK,” Coleman also threatened to shoot a member of Chief Keef’s clique, and the video—which quickly captured close to a million views on YouTube—consists mostly of a throng of guys jostling into the frame, pointing an arsenal of firearms at the camera. This touched off an online war between the two rappers that lasted for weeks, and young Chicagoans followed in real time as it escalated.
Source: wired.com  Date: 9/17/2013
  
 Heroin Pushed on Chicago by Cartel Fueling Gang Murders: The two Mexican couriers were hauling a tractor-trailer full of cash: $3 million collected for drugs sold on the streets of Chicago. Juan Gonzalez and David Zuniga were driving their rig through Indiana in October 2011, transporting the money to Mexico. As they stopped to fix a flat tire, three members of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s biggest street gang, held them up at gunpoint. The gang had bought the drugs -- and now these members wanted the money back. They pistol-whipped and handcuffed Zuniga. As the gangsters were hooking their own purple Kenworth cab to the money-laden trailer, Gonzalez fled through a cornfield and called the police.
Source: bloomberg.com  Date: 9/17/2013
  
 Police seeing results with anti-gang software: Law enforcement agencies have been turning to analytics and other software to aggregate information on gang activity and homicide cases, find potential links between incidents and improve their investigations. And they’re seeing results. Since launching a new intelligence-sharing case file system, the Atlanta Police Department increased indictments by 97 percent from 2011 to 2012 and achieved guilty pleas on Georgia gang statute violations in 22 of 31 cases
Source: gcn.com  Date: 9/16/2013
  
 Ex-Metra board member has ties to former gang leader’s family : In the mid-1990s, Winndye Jenkins ran a concert-promotion business that federal authorities alleged was used by the Gangster Disciples to launder drug money. Also around that time, Jenkins was serving as a “conduit” between the street gang’s imprisoned leader — Larry Hoover Sr., her longtime boyfriend and her son’s father — and his underlings on the outside, relaying messages and orders, court records say.
Source: Chicago Sun Times  Date: 9/16/2013
  
 Activists and law enforcement square off over gang injunctions: More than 30 years since court injunctions were first imposed in Los Angeles County to radically alter the behavior of gang members, a grass-roots effort is building to challenge the sweeping restrictions as a violation of basic civil liberties. In communities besieged by gang crime, resistance to the civil injunctions rarely surfaced in years past. Police and prosecutors would insist the court orders were necessary to disrupt the activities of those identified as gang members, and the injunctions were routinely granted by judges for specified areas.
Source: The Daily Breeze  Date: 9/14/2013
  
 McAdams pushing need for gang units coordinator : Salt Lake City has a police unit focused on preventing and suppressing gang activity. So does the Unified Police Department, which covers much of Salt Lake County outside of the capital city. But the two gang units approach their jobs differently, making it hard to conceive of either abandoning its way of doing business and forging a single team pursuing the same tactics. So Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams has proposed hiring a researcher to develop data on gang activity throughout the county and a coordinator to help ensure gang units from Salt Lake City and UPD know what the other is doing and don’t waste resources.
Source: Salt Lake Tribune  Date: 9/13/2013
  
 Some residents not happy with gang map : TOLEDO -- Gang activity is a problem seen in certain Glass City neighborhoods, and a map created by the Toledo Blade shows that problem exists in many neighborhoods, including in south Toledo. "I don't think it puts a good mark on the neighborhood," says Roger Van Gunten. Longtime residents Roger Van Gunten and Beverly McCarthy live near River Road in south Toledo. They took a look at the map, and say it's not an accurate representation.
Source: northwestohio.com  Date: 9/12/2013
  
 Gangs Bigger Problem Than Al-Qaeda?: Some law enforcement officials think they are more dangerous than Al-Qaeda. We are talking about gangs and gang violence. And those officials are warning it’s not just a problem for people living in the inner city anymore. That problem has been magnified by the stabbings at Spring High School last week, which Harris County Sheriff's officials say were gang related. Former Houston police officer Mike Knox hopes people start to take notice now.
Source: ktrh.com  Date: 9/12/2013
  
 Anti-gang bills advance on two tracks: HARRISBURG - Bills to crack down on criminal gang activity advanced along two tracks Tuesday in the House and Senate. The House Judiciary Committee unanimously approved legislation to give the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing authority to provide tougher sentences for offenses in which a gang is involved and for recruiting a gang member and threatening someone who wants to quit a gang. The bill would address such cases as when a teenage Hazleton girl was beaten as part of a gang initiation, said Rep. Tarah Toohil, R-116, Butler Twp., the bill sponsor.
Source: Times-Tribune, Harrisburg, PA  Date: 9/26/2012
  
 Chicago Crime Commission proposes solutions for reducing gang violence: CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chicago Crime Commission is strongly urging two practical responses to address the daily deadly gang violence that continues to plague the city of Chicago. The Chicago Crime Commission proposes that the city move immediately to increase the number of sworn police officers by 1,400 and work to prosecute armed gang members to the fullest extent of the law. These responses are designed to refocus the dialog on realistic solutions that will have a long-term effect on reducing violent gang-related crime in the city.
Source: Yahoo.com  Date: 9/25/2012
  
 The New Face Of Chicago Gang Violence: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has pinned the 2012 rise in the city homicide rate on gangs. McCarthy asserts that gang members commit up to 80 percent of all Chicago murders and shootings, and that the fracturing of gangs has lead to an increase in violence. The police department has worked with not just City Hall on the problem, but also Cook County, the state of Illinois and the Obama administration on new measures to combat gangs.
Source: Progress Illinois.com  Date: 9/24/2012
  
 Memphis mayor promises 'pure-dee hell' to violent offenders : Mayor A C Wharton established a citywide program to warn children about the dangers of gangs and guns. He created a team inside City Hall whose purpose is to reduce youth handgun violence and programs to help young criminal offenders become productive. Last Saturday, the city and its partners held a gun buyback event, taking 500 weapons off the streets in one day. But as of Sept. 11, Memphis had counted 92 criminal homicides in 2012, compared to 80 criminal homicides over the same period in 2011.
Source: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN  Date: 9/23/2012
  
 Gang awareness topic at WMCI committee meeting : TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Gang awareness in Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Corrections was discussed during the fall quarterly meeting of the Prison Community Partnership Committee Wednesday. The video presentation, “Gang Awareness for the Wyoming Department of Corrections and Wyoming,” was given by Lt. Seth Norris, a staff member at the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution at Torrington. According to Norris, most of the influence is coming from Colorado, and can be found in Cheyenne and Casper, as well as Riverton, Rock Springs and the Indian reservations.
Source: Star Herald.com, Torrington, WY  Date: 9/23/2012
  
 4 Rival Gangs Trade Guns for Basketballs: Four rival gangs, community and church leaders, and NBA superstars all joined together Saturday afternoon in a gym for a basketball tournament geared towards ending violence in Chicago. You walk in that gym and you see the passion, the excitement, you see the smiles on the kids’ faces, you see kids who used to shoot each other playing ball with each other, You see D-Rose and Joakim Noah,” said St. Sabina’s Father Michael Pfleger, who organized the event “Balling for Peace” and asked the NBA stars to get involved. “You tell me anything is wrong with this? I’m in heaven right now.”
Source: NBC5, Chicago, IL  Date: 9/22/2012
  
 Chattanooga gang data from police, sheriff called 'incomplete': "Incomplete and inaccurate" — that's the judgment about data on local gangs received from the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Chattanooga Police Department. Researchers who spent six months compiling extensive information on gangs asked the two law enforcement agencies for data on every criminal incident for five years, with notation of which crimes are gang-related.
Source: Times Free Press, Chattanoga, TN  Date: 9/22/2012
  
 U.S. Atty: Brooklyn Chinese Street Gang Members Arrested En Route To Home Invasion: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - A coordinated crime ring in Brooklyn has been busted. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara described the 35 defendants in this case as part of a highly organized, all-purpose gang based in the borough’s Chinatown. They’re accused of transporting narcotics from China, the proceeds from which they used to bring over illegal aliens. They’re also accused of participating in home invasion burglaries. They allegedly would target Chinese restaurant owners known to take cash home with them from their businesses.
Source: CBS, New York, NY  Date: 9/21/2012
  
 Bibb-Twiggs-Get-150K-Grant-for-Anti-Gang-Effort: Bibb and Twiggs counties have been awarded a $150,000 Federal grant to fight gang violence. Bibb and Twiggs counties have been awarded a $150,000 Federal grant to fight gang violence. U.S. Attorney Michael Moore announced the grant in a news release. He said the money will come from the Project Safe Neighborhoods program.
Source: WMAZ13  Date: 9/21/2012
  
 Banned Surrey Six gang trial documents land on Internet: METRO VANCOUVER -- Crown documents disclosed in two major gang cases have been posted on the Internet by someone trying to discredit the Bacon brothers, The Vancouver Sun has learned. At least some of the documents are covered by publication bans in both the Surrey Six murder case and the United Nations murder conspiracy prosecution.
Source: Vancouver Sun  Date: 9/21/2012
  
 Carlsbad police: Watch for signs of gang involvement: CARLSBAD — This small desert town may not have all the same problems bigger cities face, but that doesn't mean Carlsbad is immune to the dangers of gangs and the violence they can bring. "In all honesty, no, I don't think people realize the gang problems we do have. We do have active gangs and gang members within our city limits," Corporal Tony Baca said.
Source: Current Argus, Carlsbad, NM  Date: 9/20/2012
  
 Police start gang prevention in the third grade: (KNBC) - California's San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies will begin talking to Apple Valley third-graders this fall to get an early jump on keeping youth out of gangs.Authorities said the program was prompted by a trend of children as young as five years old getting involved in gangs. They attribute that to a lack of family structure and, in some cases, hereditary gang membership where a child's father or brother are involved in gang activity.
Source: WCSH6  Date: 9/20/2012
  
 Sureno gang is most powerful in Oklahoma prisons, intelligence officer says : Even though they are relatively few in number, the California-based Sureno gang is the most powerful group operating in Oklahoma prisons today, a state Corrections Department intelligence officer told The Oklahoman. Melissa Townsend, an intelligence officer with the Corrections Department, said the Hispanic gang has a firm grip on the flow of contraband into the state's prisons.
Source: The Oklahoman  Date: 9/19/2012
  
 Anti-gang initiative brings training to western Virginia: No corner of Virginia is immune to gang violence, and the age at which young people are recruited as gang members is dropping. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli delivered that troubling message at a training session Tuesday morning in Roanoke. The Attorney General said gangs are the largest source of violent crime in Virginia. They are constantly adapting, and Cuccinelli said, looking to recruit young people before they become teenagers.
Source: WDBJ7, Roanoke, VA  Date: 9/18/2012
  
 Police gang lists can have life-long impacts and are questioned by legal experts: LARGO — Justin Wiley didn't understand why Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy John Syers was so interested in him. Wiley's encounters with Syers happened in Ridgecrest, a predominantly black neighborhood west of Largo. It has lots of churches, a great barbecue joint and, according to law enforcement, a gang: the Young Souljas, also known as the 119 Boyz, named for Ridgecrest's main road, 119th Street. They sell drugs, fight with other gangs and wear black. The Sheriff's Office and Largo Police Department say they've tracked Young Souljas activity since 2008.
Source: Tampa Bay Times  Date: 9/17/2012
  
 More gangs, more gun violence: FORT WAYNE – If there is a tagline for 2012 in Fort Wayne, it might be the year of the bullet. Victims include those who were riding in cars, pedaling their bicycles or simply walking down the street. Even a baby was grazed by a bullet when gunfire erupted at a southeast-side house party this summer. And just last week, two men brazenly fired at least 30 rounds at a moving ambulance and another car, leaving a paramedic and three others injured.
Source: Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, IN  Date: 9/16/2012
  
 Hamilton Place mall chafes at gang study : Chattanooga City Councilman Jack Benson battered researchers Thursday for identifying Hamilton Place as a "gang hotspot" in a citywide assessment. The City Council met with the Chattanooga Gang Task Force and researchers from the Ochs Center of Metropolitan Studies and the Center for Applied Social Research at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to review results and highlights of the six-month gang study.
Source: Times Free Press  Date: 9/14/2012
  
 $10M in gang prevention funding not enough, NDP says: An injection of new federal funding for programs aimed at keeping youth away from street gangs and crime still falls short of what's needed to address the real problem, critics say. The government announced Thursday that $10 million in funding for new crime prevention programs aimed at youth would be available through the National Crime Prevention Centre.
Source: CBC, Montreal  Date: 9/14/2012
  
 Bloodshed cries out for creative solutions: With recent brazen murders in Toronto and Port Moody, the country is again confronting the reality that our policing-focused, anti-gang policies aren't working. The community dynamics in metropolitan Toronto and those in Metro Vancouver are different, but the need for concerted public action and a better-financed, multi-pronged approach is obvious.
Source: Vancouver Sun  Date: 9/13/2012
  
 Thompson Valley High School student's rosary beads taken away: LOVELAND -- In an attempt to keep gang activity out of the school, Thompson Valley High School officials say they take any number of measures, including barring rosary beads when their use is deemed inappropriate. And in the three weeks since school has been in session, Thompson Valley High junior Manuel Vigil has had two sets of rosary beads he wore around his neck confiscated
Source: Reporter Herald  Date: 9/13/2012
  
 D.C.-area gangs find new ways to organize: Gangs are finding new ways to organize in the Washington region, meeting at destinations throughout the area rather than coordinating in neighborhoods as they've traditionally done, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said Wednesday. Areas such as Adams Morgan and Chinatown in D.C. and downtown Silver Spring have become meeting places for groups of young criminals, who now recruit members from a wide swath of the Washington region rather than focusing membership in a particular neighborhood, Lanier told the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government Board of Directors.
Source: Washington Examiner  Date: 9/12/2012
  
 Sheriff: Gang Violence On The Rise In Upstate County: UNION, S.C. -- Gang violence is increasing in Union County, according to Sheriff Taylor.One murder in the past few weeks and numerous cases of attempted murder have been reported. It all stems from rival gangs having issues with each other. How big is the problem?. "Bigger than we'd like to admit," Taylor says.
Source: WSPA Channel  Date: 9/11/2012
  
 Corrections downplays gang-ordered hit on B.C. jail guard: BC Corrections is downplaying a report that an inmate in a Kamloops prison ordered a “gang-related hit” on a guard. Dean Purdy, spokesman for the corrections branch of the B.C. Government Employees’ Union, says that after an inmate was assaulted in Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on Sept. 6, jail staff uncovered a plot “that there would be an arranged hit on one of the correctional officers.”
Source: The Province  Date: 9/11/2012
  
  
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