Guidelines for Establishing and Operating Gang Intelligence Units and Task Forces   [open pdf - 6MB]

"This document was developed by the Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee (GISC), a committee under the U.S. Department of Justice's Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative's Intelligence Working Group. The GISC--composed of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement; justice; and corrections representatives-- is tasked with improving gang-related information sharing. This document provides guidance to agencies seeking to establish and operate a gang task force or gang intelligence unit within their jurisdiction or those agencies that participate in a gang task force. [...] There are few communities within the United States that have been untouched by gangs and gang-related crime. The damage and fear caused by these criminal organizations present a tremendous challenge for law enforcement officials charged with maintaining a safe and secure environment for local citizens. It is virtually impossible for a law enforcement agency acting alone to adequately address the complex issues related to the gang culture. Progressive law enforcement leaders have recognized the limitations of 'going it alone' and have embraced the concept of a multidisciplinary/multijurisdictional response to combating gangs in their communities. The 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment pointed out that 'advances in technology and their future exploitation by gang members will create new challenges for law enforcement. However, collaboration and the sharing of intelligence will enable agencies across the country to stay one step ahead of gangs and their criminal activity.' Two efficient and effective approaches to coordinating efforts across agencies and jurisdictions are the creation of a gang task force--an organized system of intelligence sharing and coordinated operations among several departments and/or agencies--and the creation of a gang intelligence unit."

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