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Mike's Thoughts

Testimonials

President,Committee of Youth Officers for the Province of Ontario

"Mike Knox is a genuinely caring street gang expert. His knowledge of street gangs, their workings and the high risk youth that enter or associate with gangs is a benefit to any front line law enforcement officer. Mike’s expertise and positive approach empowers front line officers and middle managers to deal effectively with gangs and high risk young offenders. He champions proactive partnerships between police and other youth serving agencies and does so with a sincere interest in improving law enforcement and quality of life in communities experiencing gang problems."

What Gang Members Respect

Honesty

Gang members, whatever age, respect honesty above all things. It is, therefore, imperative that teachers, administrators and other adults follow through with promises of rewards and of punishments.

Discipline

Gang members depend on rules to guide them in making decision on whom are their enemies, on whose actions among their peers where acceptable and many other social situations. These rules are accepted because they are universally enforced by the gang.

Clear Boundaries

Clearly stated, simple rules, enforced in a FIRM, FAIR AND CONSISTENT manner establish definite boundaries. These boundaries give a sense of security to the individual gang member and that allows him to succeed within the system.