Street gangs have been around for centuries. In the past, most gang activity was limited to the delinquent behavior of neighborhood cliques. However, today’s gangs often engage in high-stakes narcotics, weapons trafficking, robberies and other serious and violent crimes. There are approximately 7,400 individual gangs in the U.S., with a total of 400,000 to 500,000 members. Gangs can be found in all major cities, not only in inner cities but in “edge cities” and suburbs as well. A generation ago, fewer than half the cities in the U.S. reported gang activity. Now, 95% of the largest cities and 88% of the smaller cities are afflicted with gang-related crime.
Working closely with the NJ State Police, Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Passaic County Anti Crime Unit, and local municipal police forces, the unit targets gang members and utilizes information gathered to improve the quality of life for all citizens of Passaic County. The Gang Intelligence Unit is working diligently to curtail drug trafficking, homicides, robberies, domestic terrorism, car jackings, and home invasions. The Unit gathers and disseminates information on suspected and confirmed gang members. The Unit helps combat gang violence on the streets and helps control gangs inside the jail through education and aggressive law enforcement.
The Gang Intelligence Unit is also available for community and school seminars to assist in educating the community about gang related activity. For further information, please contact Community Policing at 973-389-5920.