Street Gangs

(Understanding, Recognition and Interdiction)

Course Description

Street gangs are plaguing cities and towns across the United States at a rapid rate. While the crime rate has dropped significantly in most states within the US, gang membership and migration has greatly increased and gangs have spread from urban areas to suburban and rural communities. With the spread of these gangs has come the scourge of crime, violence, drugs, and decrease in quality of life conditions. Gangs and their violence have significantly affected officer safety. Officer safety and survival issues and legal issues will be discussed. Interdiction and basic investigation methods are taught with an emphasis on teamwork to fight gangs. This course is especially useful to members of all types of law enforcement agencies (Police, Corrections, Sheriffs, Probation, Parole, Federal Agencies, Constables, Local and State Investigative Agencies, etc.) and will significantly increase the efficiency of small agencies and agencies with little or no manpower or resources available to dedicate to fighting gangs.

This three-day course will explore the origins, history, current trends, identifiers and dynamics of street gangs in the United States. This course will identify and examine numerous influential gangs by geographic location, threat level, specialty, and their interactions with each other. Jurisdictions will be discussed identifying areas of operation both on the street and in correctional facilities across the country. The intent of this course is to prepare officers in both large and small agencies to properly identify and interdict gang activity in their respective jurisdictions and to understand and communicate the impact this activity may have on other jurisdictions and correctional facilities. Officers will learn how to utilize this inter-agency information network to combine efforts in combating street gangs.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, each student will be able to:

  1. Describe the factors leading to gang membership.
  2. Relate to the individual gang member for the purpose of developing rapport, developing informants and information, and inhibiting gang membership.
  3. Identify existing and emerging street gangs and their signs, within the student's respective jurisdiction.
  4. Describe and identify crimes relating to and committed by gangs in their own jurisdiction.
  5. Develop a synergistic team to combat gangs in their respective jurisdiction.
  6. Locate appropriate resources to identify and combat gangs in the student's respective jurisdiction.
  7. Interact with street gangs in a safer manner


Course Length

3 days (24 hours)

Who May Attend This Course