LAS VEGAS – Metro’s Gang Crimes Bureau announced major changes to its policy today regarding the identification and documentation of suspected gang members and affiliates.
The changes have been aimed at how juveniles and adults will be identified and documented as gang members or gang affiliates. The policy has also incorporated the first-of-its-kind process to appeal gang designation or affiliation.
The new changes are a result of several meetings between representatives of the LVMPD, the District Attorney’s Office, the local American Civil Liberties Union and community stakeholders.
All agree that while gang intelligence consisting of member and affiliate documentation is vital to fighting crime, an avenue must exist for those who may be inadvertently documented as such to appeal their designation.
Juveniles identified and documented for the first time as a gang member and or an affiliate of a gang member will receive a home visit from the LVMPD Gangs Crime Bureau Personnel.
Adults identified and documented as a gang member or an affiliate of a gang member will receive a notification by mail advising them of their status.
LVMPD continues its commitment to protecting the Las Vegas community by reducing criminal street gang activity through the implementation of proven and creative strategies consisting of enforcement, investigation, intelligence, community outreach and education.
– From news release