Gang Awareness
Gang Awareness

Learn how to recognize gang activity and prevent gang involvement among youth.
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What is a Gang?

The definition of a gang varies somewhat by state and local jurisdiction. In Florida, the legal definition for a criminal gang is defined in Florida Statutes 874. However, the following criteria are commonly accepted:

  • The group has three or more members.
  • Members of the group identify themselves with a name, colors, symbols, or any other means which identifies them as being a distinct group.
  • The group has some level of organization and leadership.
  • Members see themselves as a gang and want others to recognize them as a gang.
  • The group creates an atmosphere of fear and intimidation.
  • When its members commit criminal acts to further their group’s social or economic status, they are considered a criminal gang.
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