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Statewide Statistics for 2012

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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.

Findings of the 2012 OAG Gang Assessment
Location # of Documented Gangs # of Documented Members & Associates F.S. 874.03 # of Other Suspected Gang Affiliates Total Gang Persons
Region 1 176 1267 666 1933
Region 2 42 1826 208 2034
Region 3 154 2309 172 2481
Region 4 133 5463 470 5933
Region 5 275 7222 1362 8584
Region 6 131 4287 1335 5622
Region 7 753 9057 4298 13355
Region Total 1664 31431 8511 39942
DOC Incarcerated - 8289 - 8289
DOC Probation - 2116 - 2116
DJJ Youth on Active Supervision - 1015 1590 2605
State Total 1664 42851 10101 52952