Broward County
Crime Commission

"Evil Triumphs When Good People Stand Idly By"

Anti-Gang Initiatives:

The Broward County Crime Commission has studied the problems of gang activity in the United States in relationship to crime rates, educational issues, and social issues.


According to the FBI, some 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members are criminally active in the U.S. today. Many are sophisticated and well organized; all use violence to control neighborhoods and boost their illegal money-making activities, which include robbery, drug and gun trafficking, fraud, extortion, and prostitution rings.

The proliferation of gang problems in large and small cities, suburbs, and even rural areas over the last two decades led to the development of a comprehensive, coordinated response to America's gang problem by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).


Based on law enforcement responses to the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS), it is estimated that in 2010 there were 29,400 gangs and 756,000 gang members throughout 3,500 jurisdictions in the United States. The overwhelming majority of gang homicides are reported in very large cities (populations over 100,000) and suburban counties. Of the more than 700 total homicides in Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California, over half were reported to be gang-related in 2010. These findings underscore the highly concentrated nature of gang homicides in the United States.


In sum, gang activity and its associated violence remains an important and significant component of the U.S. crime problem. While it has been reasonably assumed that gang-related violence would follow the overall dramatic declines in violent crime across the U.S., new national data reveal overwhelming evidence to the contrary—that is, gang violence rates have continued at exceptional levels over the past decade despite the remarkable overall crime drop in the U.S.


Gang Awareness for Communities:


Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems:


Addressing Community Gang Problems:


Responding to Gangs in the School Setting:


History of Street Gangs in the United States:


Street Outreach Comprehensive Gang Model:


Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs:


Gang Awareness Guide for the Community:


Crime Prevention for Children and Teens: