From Terrance Stone, Chair
Youth join gangs for a variety of reasons such as the excitement of gang activity, peer pressure, status, attention, protection, family benefit, family tradition and lack of realization about the hazards involved. In many cases, young people are not discouraged from gang involvement by their parents. Often, parents do not realize their children are engaged in gang activity. San Bernardino has reportedly the third largest gang population in the United States. As chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Taskforce, my duty is to identify and promote resources in the community to divert our community’s youth from involvement in gangs and drugs. We can do this together.
From Lynne Kennedy, PhD., Executive Director
The issue of gangs and drugs are well documented in our community, state and country. Some reports have San Bernardino County as having the third largest population of gang members after Los Angeles and Cook (Chicago) counties. “Illicit drug use in the United States has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans ages 12 or older—9.4 percent of the population—had used an illicit drug in the past month. This number is up from 8.3 percent in 2002. The increase mostly reflects a recent rise in the use of marijuana, the most commonly used illicit drug…”
(“Nationwide Trends.” Drug Facts:. N.p.,n.d. Web. 02 Oct. 2015)
The San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force is committed to a leadership role in advocating the prevention and suppression of gang membership and drug use throughout San Bernardino County through coordination, collaboration, and communication between education, law enforcement, the criminal justice system, elected officials, private enterprise, and community at-large.