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NCJ Number: 149307 Find in a Library
Title: Identification of Street Gangs
Corporate Author: Birmingham Police Dept
City Hall
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 130
Sponsoring Agency: Birmingham Police Dept
Birmingham, AL 35203
Sale Source: Birmingham Police Dept
City Hall
710 North 20th Street
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States of America
Type: Training (Handbook/Manual)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This police training handbook describes various aspects of the street gang phenomenon, particularly as they relate to the situation in Alabama, as well as many traits and characteristics of street gang crime.
Abstract: This report focuses on the activity of several gangs -- the Bloods, Crips, Disciples, and Vice Lords -- that operate on a national level. It discusses gang organization and identifies two primary types of gangs, namely, copy cat and instrumental gangs. Types of gang members include hardcore members, associates, peripherals, and wanna-be's. Gang members can generally be identified by their use of graffiti, clothing, types of cars they drive, and their jewelry. Each gang also sports its unique body language, including hand signs and "crossing up." This report covers tattoos, monikers, hair styles, writing styles, hats, and use of beepers. Much of the report is devoted to a discussion of gangs' involvement in drug trafficking and their access to large and varied weapons arsenals. 26 references
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Alabama; Gang Prevention; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juveniles; Police education
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