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Gang Update 2004 Fairfax County, Virginia. Lt. Colonel Charles K. Peters Deputy Chief of Police. Fairfax County Gang Update 2004. Overview of Fairfax County Changes in Population & Diversity Current Status of Gang Activity & Brief History Core Police Programs

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Gang Update 2004Fairfax County, Virginia

Lt. Colonel Charles K. Peters

Deputy Chief of Police

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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Overview of Fairfax County
  • Changes in Population & Diversity
  • Current Status of Gang Activity & Brief History
  • Core Police Programs
  • Anti–Gang Framework– County, Region, State
  • Key Elements for Success
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004

Fairfax County – 15 year comparison

  • 400 square miles
  • 1989 Population 810,000
  • 2004 Population 1,040,000
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Changing Diversity:
    • 1989 82% White

7% Black

7% Asian

4% Hispanic

    • 2004 62% White

8% Black

15% Asian

13% Hispanic

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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Recognized Increases in Criminal Gang Activity in the Mid-1990’s
  • Neighborhood, Street / Turf Oriented Gangs
  • Asian, Hispanic, Others - 17 to 24 years old
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • By 1997:
    • Formed a Centralized Gang Unit (7 officers)
    • Initiated a School Resource Officer Program (10)
    • Established an MOU with Neighboring Jurisdictions (Share Info & Intel)
    • Set up a Regional Gang Intelligence Database
    • Established a Reporting Event for all

“GANG ACTIVITY”

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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • 1998 to Current:
    • Increases in Gang Graffiti & Destruction Cases
    • Increases in Numbers of Gangs & Members
    • Increases in Assaults, Stabbings, Weapons, & Threats
    • Younger Gang Involved Youth (13 - 21)
    • Hispanic Gangs More Prevalent
    • More Organization in Both Gangs and Gang Crime
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Currently 80 Gangs & 1500 Gang Involved
  • Number of Police Cases Doubled in 3 Yrs
  • MS13 and 22 Cliques have Grown to 800
  • Stabbings, Shootings, Assaults, Drugs
  • Influence (Leadership?) from other States
  • Still Turf-oriented – Disrespect & Retaliation
  • Recruiting in High & Middle Schools, Libraries, & Community
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • 3 Core Police Anti-Gang Programs
    • >> Police Gang Unit
    • >> School Resource Officer Program
    • >> Regional Police Gang Task Force
  • Each Program has Prevention, Education, Intervention, & Suppression Elements
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Police Gang Unit
    • Centralized Information & Intelligence Gathering
    • Maintain Regional Database of Gang Involved Youth and Gang Related Cases
    • Hub of Gang Information & Conduit for Flow of Info
    • Street Deployable Team for Nightly Gang Interventions & Special Target Operations for School Flights, Known Retaliations, Threats, etc
    • Follow-up Investigations and/or Support for Investigations
    • Training Resource for Police, Schools, Community, Gov’mt Agencies
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • School Resource Officer Program
    • 50 Full Time SROs – All Middle & High Schools
    • Focus on Prevention, Education, & Information Sharing (both ways – to/from Police & Schools)
    • Gang Awareness Training for Schools, Parents, etc
    • GREAT Program – Taught in All Middle Schools
    • Class Action Program – Taught in High School
    • School Liaison Commander – Assigned to Schools
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Northern Virginia Gang Task Force (Police)
    • All (10) Local Northern Virginia Jurisdictions
    • Fairfax County – Supervisor & Support
    • Full Time Federal Partners – ATF, FBI, ICE
    • Full Federal Grant Funding
    • Works as a Team in Each Participating Jurisdiction (“Regional Gang Unit”)
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Critical Linkages
    • County Gang Prevention Coordinating Counsel (All Community Stakeholders)
    • School Framework (In School & After School Programs)
    • Regional (COG & NoVa), State, and Federal
    • Active Communication, Participation & Engagement
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Fairfax County Gang Update 2004
  • Key Elements for Success – Transferable & Scalable
    • “Gang Problem” Acceptance, Awareness, & Training
    • Capture Data, Reports, Intel & Share Info
    • Communicate – Internally & Externally
    • Police Have an Important Role (along with others)
    • Ensure Police are Involved in Community & Government Framework for Gang Education, Prevention & Intervention
contact information
Contact Information

Deputy Chief Charles K. Peters

Fairfax County Police Department

Phone: 703-246-4488

Email: charles.peters@fairfaxcounty.gov

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Gang Update 2004Fairfax County, Virginia

Lt. Colonel Charles K. Peters

Deputy Chief of Police