Gang Violence Destroys Communities.

Local and state governments are working together to combat the threat of gang violence, reduce crime and make our county’s neighborhoods safer.

In 2007 the Governor introduced The California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program (CalGRIP) which will target more than $48 million toward local anti-gang efforts, including job training, education and intervention programs, and will give law enforcement the tools they need to combat the growing threat of gang violence.

  • CalGRIP treats violent gang members like High-Risk Sex Offenders - high risk gang parolees will be subject to special parole conditions that limit their ability to recruit children into gangs and will be required to wear GPS devices, register with local law enforcement and will be tracked statewide.
  • CalGRIP Helps Rehabilitate & Reintegrate Gang Members - redirects $2.8 million to expand job training for current gang members, gang-involved and at-risk youth.
  • CalGRIP Keeps At-Risk Kids Out of Gangs - will help 5,000 young people attend summer programs in 2008 that keep them off the streets and sets aside 200 slots in California Conservation Corps summer programs for ganginvolved young adults.

These are just a few highlights of the CalGRIP initiative.

What You Can Do

A crime-free community requires local partnerships between parents, teachers, law enforcement, churches and other non-profit organizations.

  • Join or start a neighborhood watch program.
  • Volunteer at local after school programs and other non-profits that help keep kids out of gangs.
  • Report crimes and suspicious activity to local law enforcement immediately.