Northern Virginia Comprehensive Gang Assessment
The Northern Virgina Comprehensive Gang Assessment 2003-2008 is the first assessment, nationally, that examines gangs within a regional setting; in this case, a 1,300 square mile area that encompasses four counties, five cities, seven towns and more than 40 named places — in short, a physical landscape more congruent with gang movement on the ground. The assessment was undertaken by the Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force in 2006 as a logical next step in its phased implementation strategy of enforcement, education, intervention and prevention.1 The multi-pronged strategy is based on a template for reducing gang crime (OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model) that is the product of decades of federally-sponsored research.
The purpose of a gang assessment is to “define the problem,” By design, it is descriptive, not prescriptive. The objective is to compile baseline metrics, trend data and other quantitative and qualitative information, across a broad range of subject areas, that can serve as an empirical foundation for monitoring changes over time and for developing prevention and intervention programs to keep young people from joining or remaining in gangs. Increasingly required as a pre-requisite for federal funding, the assessment was undertaken by the Task Force to further advance gang prevention and intervention initiatives within the region.
Please select the below link for the full report:
The Reality of Gangs / La Realidad de Las Pandillas