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Gangs - Related Resources

This section contains examples of nationally recognized agencies and organizations that provide services or information.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
The ATF is a law enforcement agency within the U.S. Department of Justice. Its unique responsibilities include protecting the public and reducing violent crime.

CrimeSolutions.gov
The National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions.gov you will find ratings and reviews of specific programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including gangs.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
An agency within the U.S. Department of Justice, the DEA mission is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
The FBI serves as the chief investigative unit for the U.S. Department of Justice in Federal criminal cases. Included on the FBI Web site is a Violent Gangs page providing information and links to publications and related resources.

National Gang Center (NGC)
The NGC is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The NGC site features information about anti-gang programs and links to a wide range of resources.

National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
NIC is an agency within the U.S. Department of Justice that provides training, technical assistance, information services, and policy/program development assistance to Federal, State, and local corrections agencies. NIC also has resources for various issues pertaining to correctional populations, including prison gangs.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. Included on the NIJ Web site is a Gangs and Gang Crime section and a Youths, Gangs and Guns section which provide information and links to publications and related resources.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and to improve the juvenile justice system so that it protects public safety, holds offenders accountable, and provides treatment and rehabilitative services tailored to the needs of juveniles and their families.

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)
PSN is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in the United States by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools needed for success.

U.S. Department of Justice Organized Crime and Gang Section (OCGS)
OCGS within the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice was established in late 2010 as a merger of the (former) Organized Crime and Racketeering Section (OCRS), Gang Unit, and the National Gang Targeting, Enforcement & Coordination Center (GangTECC). The new, combined OCGS pursues a multi-faceted approach to combating all forms of organized crime targets.

U.S. Department of Justice Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section
The Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section's mission is to reduce the supply of illegal drugs in the United States by investigating and prosecuting priority domestic and international drug trafficking groups and by providing sound legal, strategic, and policy guidance in support of that end.

U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
ICE is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation's border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.