For insight and discussion regarding gang culture, residents can attend an informational forum on the issue at 6 p.m. Monday at the Walnut Recreation Center, 3075 N. Walnut Road.
The event will be led by the Metropolitan Police Department and the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department Gang Intervention Team to raise awareness and general knowledge about the inner-workings of local gang culture and how it affects the valley’s youth. The North Las Vegas Police Department Community Oriented Policing Section also is slated to attend the event.
Among the topics to be covered: how to know if your child is involved in a gang and how to detect the early warning signs and risk factors. Parents, teachers, school administrators, guidance counselors and concerned community members are encouraged to attend.
Panelists are set to include several former gang members who will share real-life experiences and information and answer audience members’ questions.
Representatives from local organizations will provide resources and information on a wide range of community youth services that focus on available and effective prevention and intervention programs.
Special View series on gangs:
View Neighborhood Newspapers recently published an in-depth series of stories focusing on local gang activity, its impact on the community and what law enforcement agencies are doing to address it:
- Police say steering kids away from gangs tops priority list
- Ex-gang member turned parole officer’s goal is to reach kids
- Teens at risk for gang violence visit morgue
- Martial arts, boxing give kids confidence to shun gangs
- Kids who steer clear of gangs navigate minefields daily
- Police strike conciliatory note while patrolling gang turf
- Gangs make presence felt even in affluent neighborhoods