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National Gang Center


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In October 2009, the National Youth Gang Center, which had been funded by the OJJDP since 1995, merged with the National Gang Center, which had been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance since 2003. This new partnership recognizes that street gang activities transcend ages of the members and that a balanced, comprehensive approach is needed to reduce gang involvement and levels of gang crime. Consolidation of the centers has leveraged resources and resulted in a single, more efficient entity, responsive to the needs of researchers, practitioners, and the public.
Training and Technical AssistanceTop  
The National Gang Center provides training and technical assistance to communities around the country. Information and resources to assist communities in responding to gangs are available on the Center's website.
Programmatic Contact(s)
National Gang Center
Institute for Intergovernmental Research
P.O. Box 12729
Tallahassee, FL 32317
850-386-5356 (fax) 

OJJDP Publication(s)
Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model
Report, June 2008. guides communities responding to a gang problem in implementing OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model. It describes best practices learned from practitioners experienced in planning and implementing the model and notes findings from evaluations of programs demonstrating the model. 57 pages. NCJ 222799.
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Female Gangs: A Focus on Research
Bulletin: Youth Gang Series, March 2001. Summarizes research on female gangs and draws attention to programmatic and research needs. 12 pages. NCJ 186159.
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Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey
Fact Sheet, September 2013. Provides an overview of findings from the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey. 4 pages. NCJ 242884.
Hybrid and Other Modern Gangs
Bulletin: Youth Gang Series, December 2001. Describes the nature of modern youth gangs—in particular, hybrid gangs. 8 pages. NCJ 189916.
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National Gang Center Newsletter, Fall 2013
OJJDP-Sponsored, November 2013. This issue features articles on building credibility in street outreach, gang graffiti resources, a G.R.E.A.T. officer spotlight, Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey, OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model training, and a report titled Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership. 9 pages. NCJ 249521.
National Gang Center Newsletter, Fall 2014
OJJDP-Sponsored, November 2014. This issue features articles on one community's efforts in curtailing gang-related crime and violence by going beyond gang suppression and building community and police partnerships, law enforcement strategies to reduce gang problems, tips for gang investigators using social media effectively, and National Gang Center's street gang intelligence online training course. 10 pages. NCJ 249519.
National Gang Center Newsletter, Fall 2015
OJJDP-Sponsored, December 2015. This issue features articles on diagnosing a community's gang problem, Boys & Girls Clubs gang intervention efforts through targeted outreach, promoting adolescent behavioral adjustment in violent neighborhoods, Glen David Curry, using the developmental perspective to better serve youth, and the National Gang Center's Parents' Guide to Gangs resource. 12 pages. NCJ 249517.
National Gang Center Newsletter, Spring 2015
OJJDP-Sponsored, April 2015. 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 National Gang Center Gang-Related Legislation page. 12 pages. NCJ 249518.
National Gang Center Newsletter, Spring/Summer 2014
OJJDP-Sponsored, July 2014. This issue features articles on Homeboy Industries, long-term consequences of adolescent gang membership, National Gang Center resources, and an update from the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model Training. 8 pages. NCJ 249520.
National Gang Center Newsletter, Summer 2016
OJJDP-Sponsored, June 2016. This issue features articles on gang tattoos, a successful partnership between business and youth job-training programs, review of NGC's collaborative Webinar, planning for program sustainability, and NGC's 2015 gang legislation update and Spanish Parents’ Guide to Gangs (Guía sobre las pandillas para los padres) resource. 12 pages. NCJ 250141.
National Gang Center Outreach Worker Safety Tips
OJJDP-Sponsored, September 2016. This resource from the OJJDP-supported National Gang Center was developed for those who work with gang members in the community. 1 page. NCJ 250264.
Youth Gang Homicides in the 1990’s
Fact Sheet, March 2001. Discusses the results of a study of youth gang homicides in U.S. cities in the 1990s, which was conducted by OJJDP's National Youth Gang Center; the list of references cited in this Fact Sheet are available in the ASCII text file only. 2 pages. FS 200103.
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