Mike's Thoughts


Division Training Coordinator, D.E.A., United States Department of Justice

"Thanks to Mr. Knox's presentation, our agent personnel now have another tool to use to combat drugs (gang activity) in our communities."

Pre-Crisis Indicators

Here are some warning signs that someone you know may be in or involved with a gang.

Pre-Crisis Indicators

  1. Sudden self-segregation.
  2. Clustering of rival groups.
  3. Unusual movement of groups from their normal territory.
  4. Students attending school event which they do not normally attend.
  5. Isolated racial fights.
  6. Violent incident or disorder in the community.
  7. Discovery of weapons on or around school property.
  8. Increased conflict on buses, at bus stops, and along bus routes.
  9. Increased concern among custodial, cafeteria and transportation personnel.
  10. Parents withdrawing students to protect them.
  11. Older students attempting to protect younger students who are not their siblings.
  12. Increase in gang graffiti on walls, textbooks, and papers.
  13. "X-ing" out of graffiti on walls, fences, etc. in the neighborhood.
  14. Sudden and excessive change of style or manner of wearing clothes.
  15. Limited color choices of clothing (usually to one or two colors only).
  16. The sudden interest and excessive concern about the condition of accessories, such as bandannas.