GANG SUPPRESSION THROUGH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
EXAMPLES ON WHY YOUNG ADULTS JOIN STREET GANGS:
Street Gangs promise to provide a sense of camaraderie, friendship and family, as
members establish a strong loyalty to its alliances.
Members experience false sense of success and confidence within the gang, as street
gangs promote power and wealth.
Security and protection becomes a factor, as respect, fear and recognition are gained by
Members are sometimes born into families and neighborhoods that identify with the
Members are influenced through false role models, as they look up to gang leaders and
elders to provide missing life values.
Threat of bodily injury or death to individuals and/or their immediate friends or family for
refusing to join a gang.
UNIVERSAL STREET GANGS IDENTIFIERS & WARNING SIGNS:
Gang specific body markings: tattoos, burns and brandings.
Possession of gang specific paraphernalia that is solely identified within gang specific
groups through display of colors, reading materials, graffiti, clothing and/or symbiology.
Association with identified and active street gangs and/or associated members.
Observation of unexpected new friends, money and expensive clothing and/or electronics.
Signs of physical altercations and/or possession of weapons.
Unexpected trouble with law enforcement, school attendance and activities, distancing
from family and friends and/or disregard of family rules & curfews.
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