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Serving those in the fields of juvenile and criminal justice, law enforcement, youth and community organizations, research, and others across the nation with responsibilities for addressing gang‐related crime and violence, the NGC provides an array of best‐practice information, resources, training, strategic tools, and expertise to assist those who are working to prevent youth from joining gangs, intervene with those who are gang‐involved, and suppress criminal and violent street gang activity.

Resources and tools

The NGC hosts a variety of resources and tools including online training, informational videos, curated lists of gang‐related news articles and legislation, a moderated email discussion group, and more.

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Gangs in Schools

This guide from the National Gang Center is designed to provide schools and law enforcement with sound practices and collaborative techniques to identify, assess, and address gang activity in the school setting.

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Parents’ Guide to Gangs

This guide contains information on behaviors associated with joining gangs, common gang identifiers, and what parents can do.

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Why Youth Join Gangs

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.

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Gang-Related News

This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state using the search tool.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gangs

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GANGINFO Exchange is an online moderated email discussion group open to practitioners, researchers, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, social workers, youth agency workers, and others interested in gangs. A list charter, terms and conditions of use, and an application to join the mailing list are included on the home page of this resource.

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This page contains webinars conducted by NGC on emerging and trending gang-related topics.

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Outreach Worker Safety Tips

This informational sheet provides safety tips for those who work with gang members in the community.

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Gang-Related Legislation

This resource identifies gang-related legislation by federal or state jurisdictions, or by subject.

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Strategic Planning Tool (SPT)

The SPT is an electronic tool to assist communities in assessing their gang problems and planning strategies to deal with those problems.

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Community Resource Inventory (CRI)

The CRI allows users to record and categorize information about their community organizations, programs, services, and activities into an online database.

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Assistance and Consultations


The NGC offers specialized training that assists law enforcement and local community endeavors to control gang-related activity. Topics for law enforcement include street gang intelligence and investigations and gang unit supervision, as well as seminars for law enforcement chief executives. Community-based topics include training on the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model. Explore the listing below to see NGC training and other federal and regional training opportunities.

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Online Street Gang Intelligence Training for Law Enforcement

The Street Gang Intelligence online training course is designed to assist law enforcement officers in understanding the steps involved in the intelligence process. It reviews applicable standards, suggests possible sources of information, and highlights some of the challenges encountered in collecting gang intelligence. This course is restricted to law enforcement personnel.
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On‐Site Anti‐Gang Law Enforcement Training

The NGC law enforcement trainings include Street Gang Investigator Training, Gang Unit Supervision, and an Anti-Gang Seminar for Law Enforcement Chief Executives. Trainings are free of charge and offered on a regional basis. Trainings are intended for participants from all law enforcement agencies (police and sheriff) within a geographical region.

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Other Gang-Related Trainings and Conferences

As a complement to training offered by the NGC, this page lists both federal and regional conference and training information.

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BJA Training Events

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The Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program is a school‐based, law enforcement officer‐instructed classroom curriculum. The program, whose primary objective is prevention, is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems. The G.R.E.A.T. Program is administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Since its inception in 1991, more than 12,000 law enforcement officers have been certified as G.R.E.A.T. instructors, and more than 6 million students have graduated from the G.R.E.A.T. Program.

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