Drug trafficking is the primary criminal activity of street gangs, followed by procurement. These gangs are widely known to resort to violence and they regularly use weapons. To safeguard the public, the SPVM has been stepping up efforts to seize weapons, especially firearms. We have seized twice as many weapons since the beginning of 2010 as we had at this date last year.
By embracing better practices and improved information sharing with other stakeholders, under the direction of SPVM experts and researchers, the SPVM is constantly improving our results, both in terms of prevention and with regard to suppressive interventions.
The whole community is also involved
Anti-street gang efforts also call on our collective responsibility, including parents, schools and community groups - in fact, anyone who deals with young people from day to day.
What should you do if you think your child has been recruited by a street gang?
Remember first of all that 99% of young people are not criminals. The length of membership in a street gang is usually less than one year. Parents should be able to recognize certain warning signs. The child:
All these facts taken together can help accurately evaluate the child's situation.
Don't hesitate to ask for help:
Remember to always listen and be open to your child, to guide them in their choices. Try to establish and maintain close ties with your child.
Effective prevention strategies also rely on the school and community, such as the Maisons de jeunes, in order to offer youth supervision and something to do from 3 to 6 PM, after school while their parents are not at home.
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