This course explores the origins, history, current trends, identifiers, dynamics of street gangs, and gang involvement in the drug trade and distribution in the United States. This course will identify and examine numerous influential gangs by geographic location, threat level, specialty, and their interactions with each other. Jurisdictions will be discussed, identifying areas of operation both on the street and in correctional facilities across the country. The intent of this course is to prepare officers in both large and small agencies to properly identify and interdict gang activity in their respective jurisdictions, as well as understand and communicate the impact this activity may have on other jurisdictions and correctional facilities. Officers will learn how to use this inter-agency information network to combine efforts in combating street gangs.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the factors leading to gang membership.
  • Relate to the individual gang member for the purpose of developing rapport, developing infor- mants, information, and inhibiting gang membership.
  • Identify existing and emerging street gangs and their signs within the student’s respective jurisdiction.
  • Describe and identify crimes relating to and committed by gangs in their own jurisdiction.
  • Develop a synergistic team to combat gangs in their respective jurisdiction.
  • Locate appropriate resources to assist in the endeavor to identify and combat gangs in the student’s respective jurisdiction.
  • Interact with street gangs in a safer manner.

Prerequisites: None.

Course Length: 3 days/24 hours.

Who May Attend: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Military.