The Tacoma Gang Reduction Project
Tacoma Recieves State Grant!
The Tacoma Gang Reduction Project is working to reduce and prevent gang violence through prevention, intervention and suppression efforts. For years, youth crime had been on the decline but over the past three years youth involvement in gangs and youth violence is once again on the rise.
The Tacoma Gang Assessment was completed in early 2012. The assessment closely follows the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) comprehensive gang model. The assessment has given us better information and created a better understanding of how gang crime is impacting the local community. Research Partner: Executive Interface, LLC Website
Key Findings of the gang assessment include the fact that five neighborhoods (South Tacoma, South End, Eastside, Central, and New Tacoma) are more heavily impacted by gangs, gang crime, and related risk factors. Also, middle school is a critical time for youth in Tacoma. Middle school aged children here in Tacoma are exposed to elevated levels of risk and are making decisions about joining gangs. Click here to read the entire gang assessment. Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Appendix 3 Appendix 4 Appendix 5
Project Leadership, composed of key policymakers, leaders of agencies and community organizations concerned with the community's gang problem are working on strategies to mitigate the gang problem and to develop system-wide solutions that reduce gang activity and involvement by our youth. Executive Steering Committee, Community Steering Committee, Internal Strategic Team Project Organizational Chart
Funding priorities for the City of Tacoma include:
• Gang prevention, intervention, and/or suppression services are available in Tacoma neighborhoods that are disproportionately impacted by gang crime.
• Youth/gang member access to and involvement with guns is reduced.
• Tacoma Middle School youth at risk of gang involvement have reduced risk factors and/or increased protective factors.
National Gang Center: The Project has developed a strong working relationship with the National Gang Center and will be utilizing their expertise through technical assistance, overall process guidance and planning. (National Gang Center Website)
City Staff Contact:
Tacoma Gang Assessment Surveys
For more information on the Gang Reduction Project contact Melissa Cordeiro, Project Coordinator, by phone at 253-591-5155 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Project Updates & Information
Gang Project Fact Sheet
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Other Completed Gang Assessments
Durham County Assessment Report
Fairbanks Assessment Report
Houston Assessment Report
Pittsburg Assessment Report
Other City Gang & Youth Violence Prevention Efforts
Youth Violence Prevention
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747 Market Street, Room 836, Tacoma, WA 98402
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