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Gang Reduction

The City of Tacoma implemented the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model (Model) beginning in 2012-2013.  The City of Tacoma served as lead agency for this initiative, convened a multidisciplinary intervention team of agency partners, and contracted for gang outreach services. 

Gang Reduction Program Implements Five Core Strategies

In 2016, the program was restructured, to implement the five core strategies of the Model – community mobilization, opportunities provision, social intervention, suppression, and organizational change and development, and to hire a lead agency for the Model.  In 2017, a contract was awarded to Comprehensive Life Resources to facilitate reconvening the steering committee, multidisciplinary team, and provide gang outreach services through a new program called Rising Above the Influence (RAIN). Tacoma Police Department (TPD) has oversight of the suppression activities. 

Comprehensive Life Resources - RAIN - Rising Above INfluence, formerly the Tacoma Gang Reduction Project, is funded, in part, by the City of Tacoma. The program provides youth and their families with a network of community resources to help at-risk youth from being affiliated with gangs and to provide families and youth with assistance and resources to prevent and suppress gang violence in their communities.  

New Tacoma Gang Assessment Report Released in 2019 

During 2018, in order to provide direction for future activities, policymakers contracted for a new Tacoma Gang Assessment report. View the 2019 Tacoma Gang Assessment Report.

For more information about RAIN, program services or how to get involved, visit their website under Other Programs (gang website under development) or contact Calvin Kennon, Sr. at ckennon@cmhshare.org.


Contact Information

747 Market Street
Room 836
Tacoma, WA 98402

Vicky McLaurin 

Program Manager

(253) 591-5058


Renee Johnson

Management Analyst II

(253) 591-5155


Helpful Links

Surveys and Assessments

National Gang Center