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Gang Task Forces (Southern California)
This is a list of local law enforcement anti-gang task forces, charged mainly with suppression and enforcement efforts. These task forces usually are housed within one law enforcement agency, but represent multi-jurisdictional collaborations.
Los Angeles Police Department Gang Support Section
The Gang Support Section (GSS) is comprised of the Asian Crime Unit, the Gang Field Unit, the Administrative Unit and the Community Law Enforcement and Recovery (CLEAR) Coordinator. Missions of the GSS include:
- Identify and cause the arrest of active, violence-prone career criminal gang members;
- Provide oversight and coordination of area Gang Impact Teams (GIT); and
- Develop and maintain an automated system to identify and track career criminals.
Contact Information: Los Angeles Police Department - (213) 847-1610 - www.lapdonline.org
San Diego Police Department Street Gang Unit
The Street Gang Unit consists of 10 teams of uniformed officers and criminal investigators divided into three functions: Gang Suppression Teams, Graffiti Strike Force and Gang Investigations. The Gang Suppression Teams work seven days a week citywide, patrolling areas where gang crime is most prevalent. The Graffiti Strike Force focuses on emerging tagger groups that transition into criminal street gangs. Investigators in the Gang Unit focus on felony gang crimes committed by gang members and conduct extensive investigations into cases that ultimately remove the most violent gang offenders from our streets.
Contact Information: San Diego Police Department - (619) 531-2847 - www.sandiego.gov/police/about/gangunit