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Gang Awareness and Issues. PWC Neighborhood Services Neighborhood Conference 22 February, 2014. What We Will Cover. Gang data Main PW Gangs Why they join Gang mentality Indicators Current trends Some things you can do. Definition of a gang. 3 or more

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gang awareness and issues

Gang Awareness and Issues

PWC Neighborhood Services

Neighborhood Conference

22 February, 2014

what we will cover
What We Will Cover

Gang data

Main PW Gangs

Why they join

Gang mentality


Current trends

Some things you can do

definition of a gang
Definition of a gang
  • 3 or more
  • Have a common identity: identifiable sign, symbol, name
  • Ongoing
  • Some connection to


some data
Some Data
  • 1.4 million active street, prison and OMG members (National Gang Intel. Center- 2011 Nat. Gang Threat Assessment)
  • 33,000 gangs
  • 1,100 in PWC PD gang data base – 1,500
  • 700-1,500 MS 13 in Northern Virginia
  • 3,000 MS in DC Metro Area
main pw gangs 2013
Main PW Gangs- 2013

Southside Locos (SSL)

Sur 13

MS 13 (Mara Salvatrucha)

18th Street

Bloods – 55 MOB, Killa Hill, Dub-T Hunnies, 202 MOB


Locos Malditos

Black Heart Mafia

Brown Pride Mafia

La Clica Original ( LCO-PPL)

Gangster Disciples

Folk Nation???

active pwc gangs cliques sets
Active PWC Gangs, Cliques & Sets
  • 420 Crazy Crew
  • Team Live
  • 41 Zone
  • New East Coast
  • Hot Boi Nation
  • Alpha
  • C4
dub t
Dub T
  • Dub T
  • Little Dub T
  • Dub T Hunnies

Associated cliques

BOE Savage Town Stack Boys 55WT FOE

current trends
Current Trends
  • Increasing engagement in non-traditional gang related crime
    • Human trafficking
    • Prostitution
    • White collar crime
      • Counterfeiting
      • Identity theft
      • Mortgage fraud
current trends1
Current trends
  • Less emphasis on openly representing the gang in public
  • More emphasis on making money
  • More emphasis on putting in work
  • Rival gangs cooperating to make money
  • MDTO connections/ increased violence“Current gang scene here is about money, drugs, and how not to be seen” CGIA meeting, 3/13/2013
why kids join gangs
Why Kids Join Gangs
  • To belong to a group and have fun and excitement
  • Identity and sense of belonging
  • Structure, Discipline, Reputation
  • Source of respect, acceptance
  • Peer pressure “My friends are in a gang”
  • Financial gain
  • Protection
  • Born into

Gang Membership Provides

Positive reinforcement, and a sense of belonging, direction and degree of self-confidence

the push toward gangs self recruitment
The Push Toward GangsSelf- Recruitment
  • Popular Culture – The “Cool Factor”
  • Early 90’s, gang culture replaced youth culture
  • A product of the American streets
the push toward gangs
The Push Toward Gangs

Mother to 10 year old, “Do you know what gangs do?

10 year old, “They shoot and beat people up.”

Mother, “So why do kids join gangs?”

10year old, “Because its cool!”

gang mentality
Gang Mentality
  • Three R’s
    • Reputation
    • Respect
    • Revenge