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Prevention and Education

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Ways to Deter Youth from Gang Involvement

  • Educate yourself on gangs and gang culture so you can recognize the warning signs

  • Meet your child's basic needs for emotional support and understanding

  • Talk to your child, listen to them, and let them know you're there for them

  • Be involved with your children, know who their friends are, support their interests, participate in their school events, spend time with them

  • Encourage participation in positive extracurricular activities

  • Establish consistent rules and discipline

  • Limit unsupervised time

  • Be a positive role model

 What You Can Do if You Suspect Gang Involvement

  • Don't allow gang related behavior or displays of gang affiliation

  • Talk about these warning signs to determine if kids are just curious or imitating gang culture, if they're being recruited by a gang or if they may already be involved

  • Discuss the dangers and consequences of gang involvement with your child

  • Let your child know that imitating gang related behavior can also be dangerous

  • Contact law enforcement to learn about the levels of gang related crime and activity in your community and at your student's school

  • Contact youth service providers or school counselors for referrals to organizations that have experience in addressing gang and other delinquency related issues

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Want to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit call our Non-Emergency phone number at 239-774-4434 or email us at