Po­lice list signs of gang in­volve­ment in ju­ve­niles

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

THE COUNTER Ter­ror­ism and Or­ga­nized Crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (C-TOC) is re­mind­ing the pub­lic that it is an of­fence un­der Sec­tions 4 and 5 of the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice (Sup­pres­sion of Crime Or­ga­ni­za­tion) Act for any per­son to re­cruit a child or adult to a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The po­lice are there­fore ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic and, in par­tic­u­lar, to par­ents, guardians, care­givers and deans of dis­ci­pline to con­tact C-TOC where it ap­pears that a child is be­ing re­cruited into a crim­i­nal or­gan­i­sa­tion.

To as­sist the pub­lic to iden­tify gang in­volve­ment, par­tic­u­larly those in­volv­ing ju­ve­niles, the po­lice listed the fol­low­ing mark­ers/in­di­ca­tors as signs of their in­volve­ment:

ASSOCIATING WITH KNOWN GANG MEM­BERS

Hav­ing large sums of money or ex­pen­sive items with­out proper jus­ti­fi­ca­tion. Driv­ing ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles. Sud­den ha­tred for other groups. Glam­or­is­ing gangs. Pres­ence of body mod­i­fi­ca­tions, in­clud­ing tat­toos, scar­ring, burns and brands. Tru­ancy. De­cline in grades. De­vel­op­ing at­ti­tude prob­lems with par­ents, teach­ers or oth­ers in au­thor­ity. With­draw­ing from the fam­ily or cer­tain friends. Se­cre­tive or abrupt changes in be­hav­iour. Pres­ence of gang graf­fiti in bed­room or on books, cloth­ing, shoes or posters. Us­ing hand signs to com­mu­ni­cate with other gang mem­bers, sib­lings, teach­ers and par­ents. Dis­play­ing pho­tos show­ing gang names, slo­gans, in­signia, hand sig­nals or us­ing slangs char­ac­ter­is­tic of gangs op­er­at­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in gang ac­tiv­i­ties. The po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing per­sons en­trusted with the care and pro­tec­tion of mi­nors to be aware of the signs, and once gang in­volve­ment is sus­pected, to im­me­di­ately re­port it to the C-TOC at 967-5627, po­lice 119 emer­gency num­ber, Crime Stop at 311 or the near­est po­lice sta­tion.

In this 2013 photo, a po­lice, from the bi­cy­cle pa­trol team, searches a group of school­boys who was seen loi­ter­ing in the St Wil­liam Grant Park in down­town Kingston.

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