The National Gang Center (NGC) contributes to reductions in gang-related crime and violence by providing national leadership; information to policymakers and researchers; and resources, training, and technical assistance to practitioners nationwide. Read more about the National Gang Center.
Featured Releases & Updates
Parents’ Guide to Gangs
NGC’s Parents’ Guide to Gangs has been updated. This guide is designed to provide parents with answers to common questions about gangs to enable them to recognize and prevent gang involvement.
National Gang Center Newsletter
This issue features articles on two communities’ strategies for planning successful summer programs, online activity among street gangs, constitutional policing, adolescent development and policing, Highlights of the 2012 National Youth Gang Survey, and updates to the NGC Gang-Related Legislation page.
Street Outreach and the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model
This article provides an overview of best practices developed for street outreach in the context of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model.
Highlights of the 2012 National Youth Gang Survey
This fact sheet provides an overview of the nation’s gang problem. In 2012, there were an estimated 30,700 gangs (an increase from 29,900 in 2011) and 850,000 gang members (an increase from 782,500 in 2011) throughout 3,100 jurisdictions with gang problems (down from 3,300 in 2011). The number of reported gang-related homicides increased 20 percent from 1,824 in 2011 to 2,363 in 2012.
“Street Gang Intelligence Course” Online Training
This online training course is designed to assist law enforcement officers in understanding the steps involved in the intelligence process and applicable standards, suggests possible sources of information, and highlights some of the problems encountered in collecting gang intelligence. This course is restricted to law enforcement personnel.
“Why Youth Join Gangs” Online Video
This video presentation features gang researchers, practitioners, and young people who were previously involved in gangs. Learn about research regarding gang joining, as well as firsthand insights into the behaviors and the circumstances that you might observe when interacting with youth who are at high risk of joining a gang.