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Development of Comprehensive Prevention and Intervention Responses to Gangs

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $1,723,322)

Many communities wish to implement a comprehensive gang program; however, without a prescribed template, they often are unsure where to begin and how to coordinate and develop a comprehensive action plan. At the direction of and in conjunction with OJJDP, the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) proposes to assist local sites in developing a comprehensive approach for developing and coordinating a comprehensive gang program, accompanied by on-site technical assistance and training in the early stages of the process.

IIR proposes to facilitate the following activities: (1) provide on-site assistance to sites that are supported by federally funded anti-gang initiatives. IIR will also provide support through local conference and meeting presentations. The primary targets for training and technical assistance efforts will be the ten sites supported by the U.S. Attorney General's Comprehensive Anti-Gang Initiative; (2) develop and, if necessary, tailor training tools and materials to support individual community efforts to control gangs. This support will be provided to communities not receiving federal funds but wishing to implement comprehensive anti-gang programs. Upon acceptance of the concept and with direction from OJJDP, IIR will initiate planning to convene a group of researchers and practitioners who have participated in comprehensive gang programs supported by OJJDP. IIR also proposes to use this meeting to develop tools that will assist local sites in planning and implementing comprehensive strategies to address gang activity; and (3)provide assistance to federal programs that focus on forming local partnerships to respond to youth behavior problems. As part of that assistance, IIR will provide information to communities that wish to identify specific programs to respond to their youths' needs. IIR will maintain a database of effective programs that address youth at risk of delinquent behavior and/or joining a gang, and will assist local site personnel in developing an inventory of their current resources through a computerized database. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 10, 2007