DPSCS Involvement in Gang Identification and Violence Prevention Efforts of MD
Confronting the issue of gang violence requires collaboration with key partners in the law enforcement community. In 2008 theDepartment of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) brought together over 50 law enforcement and criminal justice stakeholders from around the State to tackle Maryland’s growing problem of gang violence. Through this process, we collectively identified four critical problem areas in Maryland’s approach to combating gangs and worked with our statewide partners to identify strategic goals and solutions.
Out of that effort, the Division of Correction’s (DOC) Intelligence Coordinating Unit formalized and enhanced its information sharing efforts with local law enforcement and other stakeholders regarding gangs and gang activities. This includes hiring an analyst to design and maintain a gang database through a $216,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention.
In 2008 these intelligence efforts increased our ability to identify and validate gang members by 24%. The DOC regularly shares this information with over 100 agencies, and today the Department is receiving similar intelligence from the state's local correctional and law enforcement agencies.
As a parent or concerned citizen it can often be overwhelming to know where to turn when you think someone you know is involved in gang activity. One of the many products of the 2008 meeting between Maryland’s criminal justice stakeholders on this subject is the Gang Intervention and Prevention Resource booklet. For further information on Gang Intervention and Prevention in Maryland, please contact the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention at 410-821-2828.
For our Criminal Justice Partners in MDIf your agency would like to display the Gang Intervention and Prevention Resource booklet on your website, please contact our Communication Office at 410-339-5081. For printing (by local, state and non-profit entities only) please see Maryland Correctional Enterprises ordering information here.