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Gang Crime Guidebook for Law Enforcement

Gangs are as old as America itself and part of our historical and popular culture.  However, fueled by the drug trade and other criminal activities, gangs are increasingly nation-wide operations, with many of the largest and most vicious gangs operating throughout the United States, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) statistics.  In reports from numerous State and Local Fusion Centers, the Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) noted that many of today’s gangs present a growing threat to the safety of emergency responders and the security of local critical infrastructures.

“Strategies to Address Gang Crime: A Guidebook for Local Law Enforcement” provides information about developing and enhancing local law enforcement responses to gangs in their jurisdictions.  The focus of this Guidebook is on the use of problem-solving strategies to help agencies select the interventions most appropriate for their communities.  In particular, the Guidebook describes the “SARA” model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment), a strategic problem-solving process that local law enforcement can apply to its gang problem to improve their responses and enhance community safety.

Published by the DOJ Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Guidebook is the result of a project awarded to the Institute for Public Safety Partnerships at the University of Illinois in Chicago. It can be seen and downloaded from the following link (l.53 Mb, 56 pp.)