The Gangs in los Angeles California

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Executive Summary Security has always been of major concern in many institutions across the world. This is perhaps because the success of many activities is highly dependent on the security that they associate themselves with. This report focuses on the gangs in Los Angeles, California. This task in this region has been mandated upon the Los Angeles Police Department, popularly referred to as the LAPD. The major stakeholders are the competent and highly qualified staff members within the department who have the necessary capacity to deal with the violent criminal gangs. The main problem that is targeted is the eradication of the criminal gangs within the region. This is through the elimination of illegal firearms, elimination of drive-by shootings and enactment of anti-graffiti laws which promote the gang activities. The graffiti have been shown by recent research to portray the gang territories. Societal Problems Of great concern is the revelation that up to 37% of households possess firearms, whether licensed or not. The California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention (STEP) Act is aimed at eliminating criminal gang conduct by focusing upon patterns of criminal gang activity and the organized nature of street gangs. The Penal Code provides that: 1. Participation in a criminal street gang with knowledge that its members engage in criminal activity is punishable as either a misdemeanor or felony. 2. Conviction for a crime or public offense which was committed

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