GANGS and our kids Deputy Sean Free Henry Co Sheriff's office 120 Henry Pkw Mcdonough, GA 20332 770-288-7103
What am I going to get out of this class: * What is a gang? * What does a gang look like: * How do they communicate * Warning signs to look for *Gang prevention
What is a gang: Webster's Dictionary defines a gang as: - A group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial ends; for example, a band of antisocial adolescents or, -A group of persons having informal and close relations Basic terms: - A street gang is defined as an ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more individuals, whether formal or informal, who: - Collectively or individually are involved in criminal activity or anti-social behavior, - Claim a common name, color, symbol or dress.
What is a gang: Georgia Law code section: 16-15-3 (2) O.C.G.A. (1) 'Criminal street gang' means any organization, association, or group of three or more persons associated in fact, whether formal or informal, which engages in criminal gang activity as defined in paragraph (2) of this Code section. The existence of such organization, association, or group of individuals associated in fact may be established by evidence of a common name or common identifying signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, or attire or other distinguishing characteristics. First, the old law required officers to check the suspect on prior gang affiliated crimes to show a Pattern of Criminal Gang Activity. Now, law enforcement personnel, no longer need to prove a Pattern of Criminal Gang Activity. Second, the Assembly now added Graffiti to the law. This means that if a subject is charged with Criminal Damage to Property or Criminal Trespass for Gang Graffiti, the subject can be charged as a gang member.
What does a gang look like:
Age: 11 – 13 years old Weapons: Weapons that should raise concern: baseball bats (altered or normal), pipes, spiked wrist bands, knives, or firearms
Clothing: Gangs will use both color and style to represent their affiliation. While clothing alone does not indicate gang affiliation, it should be considered a strong indicator when it is peer conforming. Another consideration is the way in which the clothing is worn. Sagging, dressing right or left (hat bill turned to side, belt buckled to the side, one pant leg rolled up, etc.), or “cholo-style” (shirt buttoned to top of neck, sunglasses, baggy pants, etc.) are all important indicators. Other personal signs can include extreme hairstyles, tattoos, use/overuse of makeup and excessive jewelry: multiple chains, large medallions, etc.
How do they communicate:
Lingo: The following terms are common gang lingo. If you hear these terms or see them written on papers, planners, notebooks, etc., they could be a sign of gang activity. 5 = People Nation/Blood 6 = Folk Nation/Crip 187 = Homicide/murder threat 211 = Armed robbery BK = BLOOD Killer CK = CRIP Killer Crab = Disrespect for Crips Slobs = Disrespect for Bloods Cuzz = Greeting of one Crip to another IVL = Insane Vice Lords Norteños = Hispanic Northerners, frequently with #14 Sureños = Hispanic Southerners, frequently use #13 VLB = Vato Loco Boyz a.k.a. Spanish Disciples $ = Selling Drugs
Stacking: There own form of sign language
Change in clothing style New nickname Money Warning signs to look for: New friends Graffiti Defiant Behavior
Gang Prevention: what we can do to prevent before it starts
Talk to your kids about gangs Know your childs friends Set the example Listen to your children Encourage your children
Lets stop the violence before its too late!!! You can make a difference!!!