The Tacoma Gang Reduction Project was launched in 2011 to address and confront gang violence in our community. The program follows a national model and is tailored to the unique needs of Tacoma's residents.
The project has six community programs which work with youth, community groups, and service providers to offer the community, youth and their families resources to help maximize opportunities for a safe and healthy gang-free future.
The goal of these programs is to help foster safe neighborhoods through prevention, intervention, suppression and continued collaboration to effect system changes and address the four key findings of the 2011 Tacoma Gang Assessment:
- Five neighborhoods (South Tacoma, South End, Eastside, Central, and New Tacoma) are disproportionately impacted by gangs, gang crime and related risk factors.
- Involvement in gangs facilitates access to weapons and drugs, leading to high levels of gang member involvement in weapons offenses, drive-by shootings, aggravated assaults, and drug offenses.
- Middle school is a critical time period for youth in Tacoma, when they are exposed to elevated levels of risk and are making decisions about gang joining.
- Gaps in information/data about gangs have affected Tacoma’s ability to understand and significantly impact the local gang problem.
For more information contact Tacoma's Gang Reduction Project Coordinator.