Mike's Thoughts


Behavioural Consultant Program Leader, South Area Behaviour Resource Team, Waterloo Regional District School Board, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

"Your presentation remained a lively lesson for all of us on the South Area Behaviour Resource Team as we clearly remembered the differences between respect and fear, and the illusion of protection and family belonging that entices youth into gangs. Because we deal daily with troubled kids your lessons and the great hand out has served us well in improving our own skills in this area. Your skills in reaching kids of different ages as well as professional staff with respect, clear headedness and with street wisdom impressed us all! Know you HAVE made a difference and that we are grateful."

Meet Mike Knox


Mike Knox is a recognized international expert on gangs and travels throughout the United States and Canada. He is the author of the book, Gangsta in the House: Understanding Gang Culture - winner of the 2001 National Gang Crime Research Center - Thrasher Award. Mr. Knox consults with state and local officials regarding public policy, state law, and city ordinances related to gang and youth violence.

Mike Knox served on Texas Governor George Bush's Juvenile Justice Task Force and is a founding member of the Texas Gang Investigators Association.

He has been seen on ABC's "Nightline," CBS's "Day and Date," CNN's special report, "Policing in America," and "Cochran & Company."

Mike Knox has fifteen years experience with the Houston Police Department. He helped create the Houston Police Department Westside Command Divisional Gang Unit in 1988. During his tenure, he helped form intelligence networking groups among school, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

His experience as a street officer and investigator gives him first hand knowledge of youth crimes and their effect on the individual, family, and community. He conducts seminars throughout the United States and Canada for school officials, teachers, parents, and law enforcement officials regarding the prevention of gang activity in schools and surrounding neighborhoods. As a Texas Commission of Law Enforcement officer Standards and Education (T.C.L.E.O.S.E.) licensed instructor, he has taught Gang Recognition / Investigation at the Houston Police Academy, University of Houston, the Texas D.A.R.E. Institute, D.A.R.E. America, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the D.E.A., Texas Gang Investigators Association and many other law enforcement agencies and school districts.