Statewide Statistics for 2012
The Attorney General’s Gang Reduction Report, now in its fourth year, serves as a set of metrics for determining the long-term success of reducing criminal gangs. Results of this year’s assessment are based on compiled data from local law enforcement agencies across 62 of the state’s 67 counties, as well as from the state Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Justice for the reporting period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
Although overall the volume of violent crime is declining in our state, criminal gangs continue to be a growing problem. For this reporting period, 1,664 gangs were identified by local law enforcement. In fact, 79% of law enforcement survey respondents reported that criminal gang activity either increased or stayed the same in their county. As outlined in the 2012 Annual Report, non-traditional and/or hybrid gangs still make up a majority (59%) of the gangs in the state. These types of gangs are usually “homegrown” local youth neighborhood gangs with the very real potential of developing into traditional, well-organized national gangs.
In an effort to successfully reduce gang activity, it is crucial for local law enforcement to continue to work together with the state Department of Corrections, the Department of Juvenile Justice, as well as the Office of the Attorney General. The combined efforts of these entities allows for increased sharing of gang-related intelligence, the creation of evidence-based gang prevention strategies, as well as supporting successful law enforcement operations that disrupt criminal gang activities.
|Location||# of Documented Gangs||# of Documented Members & Associates F.S. 874.03||# of Other Suspected Gang Affiliates||Total Gang Persons|
|DJJ Youth on Active Supervision||-||1015||1590||2605|