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NCJ Number: 148880 Find in a Library
Title: Electronic Manpower
Journal: Police: The Law Enforcement Magazine  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1992)  Pages:60-62
Author(s): B Smith
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using a computerized gang tracking program, a California police officer was able to contact five gang members responsible for extensive graffiti.
Abstract: The program, referred to as GOCAP (Gang Offender Comprehensive Action Program), began in 1991 and is funded by Federal grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The GOCAP is designed to provide a central clearinghouse for information about gang members, including their criminal records and current probation status, so that police officers can deal with gang-related crime. The program also helps other law enforcement agencies, such as probation and prosecution, identify, track, and prosecute gang offenders. Oxnard, California, has 23 identifiable gangs that have formed at different times in the city. The Oxnard Police Department uses the GOCAP to identify and track repeat offenders. The city also uses computerized techniques to identify and monitor gang members and conducts gang awareness programs. Police officials work with other agencies on the gang problem, and the GOCAP facilitates such cooperation.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Computer aided operations; Gang Prevention; Municipal police; Police information systems
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