Criminal gangs have become a widespread threat to communities throughout San Bernardino County. Once considered largely an urban phenomenon, gangs have increasingly emerged in smaller communities presenting a challenge that severely strain local resources
All gang problems are local in nature. Whether rooted in neighborhoods, representing rites of passage, providing surrogate families, or access to economic opportunities, most gangs are inherently local. Even large-scale gangs with reputed nationwide networks attract local youth and take advantage of local opportunities to carry out gang activities.
To have enduring success against gangs, we must address the personal, family, and community factors that cause young people to choose gangs over better and more productive alternatives. The problem is universally recognized, however, we cannot arrest our way out of gang violence crisis and that crime suppression effort must be linked to competent prevention, intervention, and community-stabilizing investment strategies.