So you want to join a gang

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So you want to join a gang

  1. 1. SO YOU WANT TO JOIN A GANG A POWER POINT PRESENTATION FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AGE STUDENTS SPONSORED BY COEBURN POLICE DEPT. CREATED BY H. STALLARD 03/09 hstallard@yahoo.com
  2. 2. JOINING A GANG
  3. 3. WHAT IS A GANG ?
  4. 4. WHAT IS A GANG ? A gang is 3 or more individuals (juveniles and/or adults) who associate on a continuous basis, form an allegiance for a common purpose, whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity and are involved in delinquent or criminal activity.
  5. 5. GANGS ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO RECRUIT NEW MEMBERS
  6. 6. WHAT THEY TELL YOU TO GET YOU TO JOIN They may offer to be friends with you or protect you. They may invite you to parties where there's no violence and everyone is having a good time. They'll show off clothes, shoes, jewelry and money; things that may glamorize the lifestyle and lead you to believe that you can have those things too just by joining the gang.
  7. 7. WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU What they won't tell you is what they had to do to get those things and the commitments to crime and violence they had to make. They had to rob, steal, and commit violent acts against rival gangs and innocent victims. Are you willing to make those same commitments?
  8. 8. JOINING A GANG To join a gang you must go through some type of initiation to show the members you have what it takes.
  9. 9. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to survive a beat-in by the other members
  10. 10. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to survive a beat-in by the other members
  11. 11. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to survive a beat-in by the other members
  12. 12. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to survive a beat-in by the other members
  13. 13. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  14. 14. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  15. 15. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  16. 16. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  17. 17. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  18. 18. GANG INITIATION Most gangs require you to commit one or more illegal or violent acts.
  19. 19. ONCE YOU ARE IN A GANG… THAT GANG IS NOW YOUR FAMILY
  20. 20. GANG LOYALTY You now belong to the gang. Everything you do is by the gang, from the gang and for the gang. Your biological family and friends who aren’t part of the gang now come second in your life. You are expected to put the gang and its members in front of everything else.
  21. 21. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO JOIN A GANG Young people involved in gangs are much more likely to be victims of physical violence or gun crimes. Gang involvement increases your risk of being arrested, having to go to court, being put on probation or parole, being jailed, injured, or even killed.
  22. 22. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO JOIN A GANG You lose the trust of your family. You gain more enemies than friends. You may be feared, but you will not be respected. You could become a drop out limiting your future employment opportunities. You could become a substance abuser addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  23. 23. WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO JOIN A GANG When you join a gang your family becomes involved too and you put them at risk for violence, injury or death because of your actions for the gang. They may live in fear - for your safety and for their own.
  24. 24. WHAT THEY WON’T TELL YOU Most gang members know that they are on a dead end path…
  25. 25. They live their lives for just the “now” with little thought or planning for the future.
  26. 26. Many gang members wear three dots in a triangular shape. They represent the three places gang members know they will eventually go to …
  27. 27. TO THE HOSPITAL
  28. 28. TO JAIL / PRISON
  29. 29. TO JAIL / PRISON
  30. 30. TO THE CEMETERY
  31. 31. • COEBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT • 114 FRONT STREET • 395-2111 • CHIEF SCOTT BROOKS • sbrooks@townofcoeburn.com

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