This strategy addresses those conditions through a comprehensive approach that links the community and government in providing positive opportunities and demonstrating clear consequences for youth at risk for gang involvement.
Key Components Programs that use this strategy combine service coordination, partnership between police and the community, suppression of gang activity through coordinated enforcement and prosecution, neighborhood mobilization, and job training for youth.
Strategy Coordinated intervention by the community and law enforcement personnel reduces the likelihood that high-risk youth with become involved in gangs.
Involvement of police agencies, educators, job-training resources, parents, and community groups is essential to success.
Crime Problem Addressed An estimated 4,881 violent youth gangs with nearly 250,000 members were responsible for 46,359 crimes in 1991.
Gang homicides declined from fifteen in the year before the program began to seven in each of the two years since its inception.
NAV has recruited block watch groups, church congregations, agencies that serve youth, and parents as members.
Probation administrators focus on collaboration with youth-serving agencies and on jobs-development programs.
The integrated strategies' chief goal is to reduce gang-related violent crime and youth involvement in gangs.
Police, probation personnel, and prosecutors share information about gang activity, diffuse crises that arise from gang conflict, and refer at-risk youth to community-based services.