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NJGIA DISCLAIMER 

> BE AWARE THAT GANG TRENDS MAY DIFFER IN COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.

> EACH GANG AND/OR SET MAY UTILIZE THEIR OWN UNIQUE STYLE.

> GANGS AND THEIR MEMBERS AFFECT ALL RACES, CULTURES, AGES, AND GENDERS.

> THE INFORMATION LISTED ON THIS WEB SITE IS ONLY TO BE USED AS A BASIC REFERENCE.

  
IDENTIFYING A STREET GANG MEMBER
* Self admission.
* Identified by a parent or other gang member.
* Tattoo's, burn marks, and/or branding.
* Colors, beads, and/or handsigns.
* Language and/or terminology.
* Photographs, videos, documentation, and/or graffiti showing affiliation.
* Identified and documented as gang member by another agency.
* Has been apprehended for gang related activity and/or stopped with other identified gang members on more than one occasion.
* One of the listed identifiers should trigger a red flag, but may not mean the individual is associated with a street gang. Report findings to administration and/or Law Enforcement.
  
REASONS PEOPLE MAY JOIN A GANG
* Peer Pressure
* Sense of Power
* Fear
* Attention
* Curiosity
* Dysfunctional Family Lives
* Sense of Belonging to Something
* Protection
* Family Members Involved
* Financial Gains
  
CONSEQUENCES OF LIVING THE GANG LIFESTYLE
* The increased possibility of becoming injured or killed.
* Gang members that don’t attend school limit their chances for further employment.
* The risk of drug and alcohol addiction is enhanced.
* Gang members commit more serious crimes that lead to long prison sentences and sometimes life in prison.
* Many gang related crimes result in enhanced penalties and sentencing.
* Gang members risk putting themselves, their families, and friends in harms way.
* Many gangs that pose as cultural organizations reveal their true tendencies only after you are accepted and trying to leave the gang can result in severe consequences.
* Gangs = Hospital , Jail, or Death!!!!!
  
TIPS FOR PARENTS & PROFESSIONALS
What Parents Can Do To Prevent Gang Involvement
* Listen and communicate with children about their concerns / problems.
* Know who your childrens' friends are and know your child's whereabouts.
* Advise children how to deal appropriately with social, educational, and emotional stressors.
* Spend quality time with children.
* Get involved in your child’s school activities.
* Be a positive role model and set a good example.
* Respect adolescents feelings and attitudes.
* Encourage your child to participate in positive after school activities with adult supervision.
* Having a broader understanding of gang identifiers and their activities can help achieve stronger prevention and intervention programs.
* Get educated and trained on gang awareness and identification by attending a gang training seminar.
  
Warning Signs That A Child May Be Involved In A Gang
* Admits to "hanging out" with gang members.
* Watch the child's style of clothing. Shows an unusual interest in one or two particular colors.
* Has an unusual interest in gangster-influenced music, videos, movies and websites.
* Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends.
* Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls or tattoos.
* Carries a weapon.
* Stays out late without reason.
* Breaks rules consistently.
* Speaks in gang-style slang.
* Stay alert to any attitude, emotional, and /or physical difference in the child.
(Source: National Crime Prevention Council: www.ncpc.org)



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