Gangs

COPS Gangs Toolkit
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), August 2007. The COPS Gangs Toolkit consists of resources for law enforcement officials, educators, and parents to address specific types of crimes committed by gangs. The resources provide details of community policing solutions to youth crime and school violence. The COPS Office encourages law enforcement agencies to analyze their local gang problems and use these resources, as appropriate.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (English)
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. This quick and easy reference guide provides common warning signs of gang involvement. Parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with local gangs symbols, seek help early, and consider contacting school officials, local law enforcement, faith leaders, and community organizations for additional assistance. The Gang Reference Card for Parents is available in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Vietnamese.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (Spanish)
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Gang Reference Card for Parents (Hmong)
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Gang Reference Card for Parents (Vietnamese)
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Graffiti
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Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2009. This problem-oriented guide for police addresses effective responses to the problem of graffiti the wide range of markings, etchings, and paintings that deface public or private property. In recent decades, graffiti has become an extensive problem, spreading from the largest cities to other locales. This guide provides law enforcement with a series of questions to consider when analyzing their local graffiti problem and reviews responses to the problem based on evaluative research and police practice.

Youth Gangs in Schools
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), August 2000. This bulletin analyzes findings from the School Crime Supplements to the National Crime Victim Survey. Describes characteristics of gangs in schools and discusses contributory factors to gang prevalence in schools. Also reviews the impact on victimization of gang presence in schools. (NCJ 183015)