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COPS Toolkit for Addressing Specific Gang Problems


COPS Toolkit for Addressing Specific Gang Problems

    The phenomenon of street gangs can take many forms. The COPS Office has compiled a toolkit of resources for law enforcement agencies to address the specific types of crimes that gangs commit. Law enforcement agencies are encouraged to analyze their local gang crime problem and use these resources as appropriate.

Addressing School-Related Crime and Disorder

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2001. This report is based on the activities of COPS School Based Partnership grantees. Tips and recommendations are provided for developing successful school-based, problem-solving efforts.

Bullying in Schools

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2004. There is new concern about school violence, and police have assumed greater responsibility for helping school officials ensure students´ safety. As pressure increases to place officers in schools, police agencies must decide how best to contribute to student safety. Will police presence on campuses most enhance safety? If police cannot or should not be on every campus, can they make other contributions to student safety? What are good approaches and practices?

Cruising

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2005. A general discussion of the problem of cruising (defined as unnecessary repetitive driving) and the factors that contribute to it. Identifies questions to ask when dealing with the problem, and proposes responses to, and identifies ways to measure the effectiveness of responses to the problem.

Disorderly Youth in Public Places

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2002. This guide provides a general discussion of the problem of disorderly youth in public places and reviews the factors that contribute to it. The guide also identifies questions to ask when dealing with a disorderly youth problem, proposes numerous responses to the problem and identifies ways to measure the effectiveness of responses to the problem.

Drug Dealing in Open-Air Markets

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), January 2005. Describes the problem of open-air markets—the lowest level of the drug distribution network—and reviews the factors that increase the risks of drug dealing in such markets.  A series of questions will help local law enforcement analyze local problems, while a review of responses to the problem will describe what is known from evaluative research and police practice.

Drug Dealing in Privately Owned Apartment Complexes

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), September 2003. This guide focuses on drug dealing in privately owned apartment complexes. The guide makes a clear distinction between open- and closed-drug markets, provides information on what is known about each market type, and provides questions to ask when analyzing each market. It also proposes various responses designed to close drug markets and provides a full range of problem-specific measures to determine the effectiveness of those responses.

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)/National Institute of Justice(NIJ). This video created by the Police Executive Research Forum discusses the SARA model of problem oriented policing using San Diego’s winning graffiti project as a model.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (English)

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. The reference card lists warning signs that a child might be involved with gangs and what parents can do to prevent gang involvement.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (en Espanol)

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. The reference card lists warning signs that a child might be involved with gangs and what parents can do to prevent gang involvement.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (Hmong)

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. The reference card lists warning signs that a child might be involved with gangs and what parents can do to prevent gang involvement.

Gang Reference Card for Parents (Vietnamese)

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), October 2005. The reference card lists warning signs that a child might be involved with gangs and what parents can do to prevent gang involvement.

Graffiti

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), February 2002. This guide 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. Despite the common association of graffiti with gangs, graffiti is widely found in jurisdictions of all sizes, and graffiti offenders are by no means limited to gangs.

Gun Violence Among Serious Young Offenders

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), March 2004. The guide describes and addresses the serious problem of youth gun violence and reviews factors that increase its risks. To help readers analyze their particular problems related to gun violence, the publication provides questions to guide them, reviews responses used by other police departments, and discusses what is known from evaluative research and police practice.

Street Gangs and Interventions: Innovative Problem Solving with Network Analysis

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), November 2005.  This COPS Innovations piece reviews prevention, intervention, suppression, and comprehensive strategies to address this issue of gangs and provides examples of each. It also offers a case study of problem analysis in Newark, New Jersey through the Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative. This paper discusses the unique utility of network analysis in the resultant problem analysis and emphasizes the important role of an academic research partner. Finally, the piece considers the importance of sustainability with regard to problem analysis.

Street Prostitution

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), June 2002. Focusing on the problem of female street prostitutes, this guide provides practitioners with information regarding prostitutes, their clients, pimps and panderers as well as explaining the transaction, the environment associated with the problem, and describing the linkage between prostitution and drugs. The guide provides questions to ask when dealing with the problem of street prostitution, identifies potential responses to the problem and proposes measures to assess the effectiveness of response approaches.

Street Racing

    Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), December 2004. Describes the problem of street racing, the factors that contribute to it, and the dangers it poses.  A series of questions will help local law enforcement analyze local problems, while a review of responses to the problem describes what is known from evaluative research and police practice.

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