The issue of gangs has been one that has been of concern in the United States for the past 50 years. Many methods and techniques have been designed and formulated to try and curb this social vice. However, I believe that the most effective ways to curb this social menace is through the use of sociological techniques that handle the human aspect of the young ones ensnared in it. As the police chief, I believe that a number of the proven techniques can work for our society.
I believe that “Social Intervention” is one of the most effective techniques to address gangs in the community. This is the involvement of schools, faith-based organizations, grassroots groups, youth-serving agencies and mostly the police, in reaching out to the youth involved in gangs, their families and acting as a link to the conventional world. Through the networking of all these groups, the youth involved in gangs can find access to the much needed services that will help them identify and take advantage of opportunities that will help them build a brighter and better future.
I also believe that community intervention will help address this issue. Through coordinating staff and program functions across and within agencies, reinforced by the participation of local citizens, including community agencies and groups plus former gang youth, the community can create a network through which information can be channelled to better help the youth avoid gang related activities.
I believe most young people get involved in gangs due to minimal or the lack of opportunities to develop and grow in all aspects of life. Many seek to find solace in groups that do not necessarily have their best interest in mind. It is therefore crucial that as a community, we provide such opportunities to these young people. Initiatives such as the Midnight Basketball League provide such opportunities where, prospective careers can be built under the mentorship of respected and recognized members of the community.
In conclusion, in order to address the issue of gangs, it requires the cooperation and the involvement of all members of the community.
Bartollas, C., & Schmalleger, F. (2011). Juvenile Delinquency (8th ed.). Prentice Hall.