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Statewide Statistics for 2013
The Attorney General’s Gang Reduction Report, now in its fifth 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 59 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, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Determining the prevalence of gang activity is a critical early component in any sustained effort to reduce their influence. Combating criminal gang activity must include collaboration across all levels of government. 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.
According to the most recent National Gang Threat Assessment, “Gangs are more adaptable, organized, sophisticated, and opportunistic, exploiting new and advanced technology as a means to recruit, communicate discretely, target their rivals, and perpetuate their criminal activity.” Other trends include an increase in local neighborhood, hybrid, and female gang membership. Sadly, gangs continually evolve into new entities posing new types of threats.
For this reporting period, 1,223 gangs were identifies by local law enforcement in Florida. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of law enforcement survey respondents reported that criminal gang activity either increased or stayed the same in their county during 2013. Fifty-seven (57%) of the total documented number of gangs are labeled as nontraditional and/or hybrid gangs. These gangs are typically “homegrown” local youth neighborhood gangs that have the very real potential of being subsumed by long established and well-organized national gangs.
|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||-||982||1245||2227|