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NCJ Number: 149101 Find in a Library
Title: P.O.S.T. (Peace Office Standards and Training) Gang Awareness Course
Corporate Author: San Bernardino Cty Sheriff's Office
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 173
Sponsoring Agency: San Bernardino Cty Sheriff's Office
San Bernardino, CA 92403
Sale Source: San Bernardino Cty Sheriff's Office
San Bernardino, CA 92403
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material (Programmed)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This course material is designed to train police instructors in how to instruct other officers in the history, characteristics, structure, and dynamics of California street gang members and their associates.
Abstract: One course objective is to familiarize students with attributes of African-American gangs, Hispanic gangs, Asian gangs, skinhead gangs, and prison gangs. For each of these types of gangs, the material addresses gang history, organization and structure, gang warfare, drug activities, gang nicknames, gang hand signs, graffiti, identification of gang members, and suggested police strategy for countering each type of gang. Following descriptions of the various types of gangs, the manual lists criteria for determining a gang profile. These criteria are to be used in completing a street gang information card for each juvenile arrested. Another section of the manual briefly describes West Covina (California) police officer shooting confrontations with gang members for 1989 and 1990. Another course objective is to demonstrate how to apply the gang-awareness knowledge to enhance officers' safety techniques. Having completed this course, participants will be prepared to instruct other officers in gang awareness.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Ethnic groups; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Police instructor training; Police training programs
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