GANGINFO Exchange is a discussion list for sharing information about gangs. It is an electronic forum for researchers, law enforcement officers and investigators, probation and parole officers, correctional officers, prosecutors, judges, youth agency workers, community grassroots organization members, therapists, pastoral counselors, school administrators and educators, social workers, program administrators and developers, policymakers, and certain writers with an interest in gangs.Learn More
In 2014, the U.S.-Mexico border was flooded with a steady stream of unaccompanied alien children (UAC). According to the Congressional Research Service, in 2014 “more than 68,500 unaccompanied children were apprehended,” a huge increase from 2011, when the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended just 16, 067 children. With reasons for the influx varying, the children consistently cited gang or cartel violence as their primary motivation for fleeing their countries. However, rather than these children receiving a safe haven from gangs and the violence that accompanies them, the arrival of these children actually created more recruiting opportunities for brutal gangs, such as MS-13.
As a complement to training offered through the National Gang Center, this page lists both federal and regional conference and training information.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. BJA supports law enforcement, courts, corrections, treatment, victim services, technology, and prevention initiatives that strengthen the nation’s criminal justice system through innovation, leadership, training, and technical assistance focused at the local level.Visit the BJA Website.
The COPS office is a component of the United States Department of Justice dedicated to supporting effective community policing strategies at the tribal, state, and local levels. The COPS office provides funding, training, and technical assistance related to community policing efforts.Visit the COPS Website.
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states, local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop and implement effective programs for juveniles. A major focus of OJJDP’s work is in supporting communities through training and technical assistance related to implementing the Comprehensive Gang Model, direct grants to address gang issues at the community level, and acquisition and dissemination of gang materials via the National Criminal Justice Reference Service.Visit the OJJDP Website.
The BGCA is a nonprofit national organization with clubs across the United States that provide programs and services to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. The clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical nonschool hours.Visit the BGCA Website.
Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strateies associated with disease control - detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms.Visit the Cure Violence Website.
The National Alliance of Gang Investigators Associations is a cooperative organization currently composed of representatives from 16 regional gang investigators’ associations representing more than 15,000 gang investigators across the country, as well as federal agencies and other organizations involved in gang-related matters.Visit the NAGIA Website.
NCCD promotes just and equitable social systems for individuals, families, and communities through research, public policy, and practice.Visit the NCCD Website.
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federal resource sponsored by various programs of the United States’ Department of Justice and the Executive Office of the President’s Office of National Drug Control Policy. This online service offers justice and substance abuse information that supports research, policy, and program development. In addition, users can register with the service to automatically receive electronic information related to specific areas of interest, trainings, conferences, funding, and new publications.Visit the NCJRS Website.
The NGIC is an FBI-led, multiagency effort that integrates the gang intelligence assets of the FBI and other federal, state, and local law enforcement entities to serve as a centralized intelligence resource for gang information and analytical support. The mission is to support law enforcement agencies through timely and accurate information sharing and strategic/tactical analysis of federal, state, and local law enforcement intelligence focusing on the growth, migration, and criminal activity of gangs that pose a significant threat to communities throughout the United States.Visit the NGIC Website.
The National Network focuses on supporting cities implementing proven strategic interventions to reduce violence and improve public safety, minimize arrest and incarceration, strengthen communties, and improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities it serves.Visit the National Network For Safe Communities Website.
The U.S. Department of Justice partners with a consortium of cities in the PSP, an innovative approach to fighting crime. This data-driven initiative delivers strategic and intensive training and technical assistance directed to meet each city’s needs.
Designed to enhance a site’s current goals, PSP builds on efforts aready under way, leverages lessons learned, and delivers a broad spectrum of resources via a strategic and focused approach.Visit the PSP Website.
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing those programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.Visit the Project Safe Neighborhoods Website.
RISS consists of six regional centers that provide services to assist in the investigation and prosecution efforts of law enforcement. One component of the RISS Program is RISSGang, a comprehensive investigative tool consisting of an intelligence database, a website, informational resources, and secure communications to aid in gang-related crime prevention and investigations. RISSGang is available to all law enforcement agencies.Visit the RISS Website.
Youth.gov is a collaborative Web-based resource supported by various federal agencies focused on general youth-related issues. The Youth.gov Website helps users create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help users assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up to date on the latest youth-related news.Visit the Youth.gov Website.