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NCJ Number: 149189 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Gangs: An Overview, History, Sociology, Suggested Readings and Lesson Plan for Adult Audiences
Author(s): M LaLonde
Corporate Author: Vancouver Police Dept
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 63
Sponsoring Agency: Vancouver Police Dept
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Type: Overview Text
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This material presents an overview of criminal gangs, with a particular focus on gangs operating in Vancouver, British Columbia. The document is intended to be used in conducting an informative adult lesson.
Abstract: Following a brief introduction and a discussion of the sociology of gangs, the document discusses different types of criminal gangs. The two types operating in Vancouver include structured formal gangs and loose-knit informal groups. Local criminal groups in Vancouver do not engage in establishing turf. They recruit members by befriending an individual, introducing him to the group, and gaining his trust. The recruit is then coerced into doing something illegal on behalf of the gang. Criminal gangs have a negative impact on youth, their families, schools, and the community. The five major lines of action which can be taken to respond to criminal gangs include community mobilization, opportunities provision, social intervention, suppression, and organizational change and development. This booklet contains a lesson plan and overheads to be used during the presentation.
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): British Columbia; Gang Prevention
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