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NCJ Number: 157947 Find in a Library
Title: Street Gangs: The Law Enforcement Guide to Today's Urban Violence
Author(s): Anonymous
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 77
Sponsoring Agency: Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87364-813-7
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Policy/Procedure Handbook/Manual
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This manual for law enforcement personnel acknowledges that street gangs have existed in Los Angeles County since the turn of the century but that gang violence has significantly escalated during the past decade.
Abstract: In 1980, 351 persons died in Los Angeles County due to gang violence; in 1991, this figure climbed to 795. Few youths are forced into gangs; rather, young people seek out gang membership to associate with others who have similar background deficiencies. Because gangs are becoming increasingly mobile and frequently direct violence at law enforcement personnel, police officers must develop effective tactical approaches to gang prevention. The manual covers the sociology of street gangs, gang recruitment, causative factors, gang communication and leadership, and gang-related crime and violence. Manual sections focus on Hispanic, black, white, and Asian gangs and also on female gangs. Responses of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to criminal street gangs are reviewed, and the development of legal expertise and strategies to deal with street gangs is emphasized.
Main Term(s): Juvenile/Youth Gangs
Index Term(s): California; Gang Prevention; Juvenile delinquency factors; Violence causes; Violence prevention; Violent juvenile offenders
Note: Youth Violence and Guns
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