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Boston Police Department Rules and Procedures Rule 335 March 23, 2017 Page 1 of 4 Rule 335 - GANG ASSESSMENT DATABASE GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS: In 1993, the Boston Police Department created a coordinated, multi-agency enforcement unit to address the youth violence problem affecting the City of Boston. The Youth Violence Strike Force, as it was named, has since evolved to incorporate prevention, intervention, and enforcement strategies. The following Rule delineates the responsibilities of the Youth Violence Strike Force as well as the process for gang member verification and entry into the Gang Assessment Database. YOUTH VIOLENCE STRIKE FORCE: Established in 1993 in response to the increased use of violence amongst youth in the City of Boston. The mission of the Boston Police Department's Youth Violence Strike Force (YVSF) is to proactively reduce gun violence, particularly concentrating on individuals affiliated with gangs or violent criminal behavior. YVSF utilizes traditional policing strategies, incorporating prevention, intervention and enforcement efforts, as well as intelligence-led policing strategies to inform decision-making at every level. Patrol officers and detectives collect information and focus on sources of firearm and gang violence through the identification of individuals, groups, and locations. YVSF works collaboratively with community partners and other stakeholders to garner information on illegal firearms and related violence. Officers aim to prevent ongoing conflicts among street gangs through direct interaction with individuals and groups. Officers not only respond to but anticipate retaliatory violence between groups, and make every effort to deter further violence. Through community-based partnerships, suitable individuals with whom the YVSF makes contact are referred to social services and offered a variety of opportunities. DEFINITIONS: Gang A gang is an ongoing organization, association, or group of three (3) or more persons, whether formal or informal, which meets both of the following criteria: 1. Has a common name or common identifying signs or colors or symbols or frequent a specific area or location and may claim it as their territory and 2. Has members or associates who, individually or collectively, engage in or have engaged in criminal activity which may include incidents of targeting rival gang members and/or being targeted by other gangs.
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Boston Police Department Rules and Procedures Rule 335 March 23, 2017 Page 2 of 4 Gang Associate Any person, whether juvenile or adult, that has been verified using the 10 Point Verification System defined by this Rule and has obtained at least six (6) points. Gang Member Any person, whether juvenile or adult, that has been verified using the 10 Point Verification System defined by this Rule and has obtained ten (10) points.
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