Regional Gang Reduction Task Forces
The state has been organized into seven regions and a regional Gang Reduction Task Force has been established for each region. These Task Forces provide an opportunity to bring together prevention and intervention organizations, the faith-based community, the education community, the business community, local, state, and federal law enforcement, criminal justice, elected officials, and other community leaders. Together, these groups can more effectively identify problems that contribute to criminal gang activities; marshal resources more wisely, develop, and implement well-informed community-based interventions.
Each Task Force appoints a Chair and Co-Chairs for the region at large, and a Chair for each county which will be represented by committees within the region. In addition there are five standing committees within each region whose membership will come from the county committees. The standing committees are: Education, Criminal Justice, Business Relations, Prevention/Intervention, and Rehabilitation/Reentry.
Seven regional Gang Reduction Task Force Organizing Sessions were held around the state between September 2008 and February 2009. The Collaborative Labs at St. Petersburg College has documented in depth meeting notes which they call Real Time Records.