Additional Anti-Gang Programs and Tools

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In Monrovia, the anti-gang injunction is just one of many strategies being used against the gangs.

There is a long list of enforcement, suppression, intervention and prevention strategies being used daily, aimed at taking gang-affiliated criminals off the streets and diverting youths from joining or associating with criminal gangs.

Among the many programs and tools now is use in Monrovia are:

DAMAGE-Duarte and Monrovia Anti-Gang Enforcement. Ongoing task force composed of Los Angeles County Deputies and Monrovia Police Officers. In 2008 alone, DAMAGE was responsible for more than 400 arrests and 200 weapons being seized. DAMAGE is the backbone of a larger task force.

The Community Activist Policing (CAP) program that was one of the most innovative in the nation when it was established in the mid-1990s (winning an international award) is still operating effectively in our neighborhoods.

The MAGIC (Monrovia Anti-Gang Intervention Committee) program brings police officers and school counselors together to identify at-risk youths and gang associates and to steer them away from gang affiliations and activities.

The Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) program has been working daily in gang-related neighborhoods since 2006 as a direct response to increased criminal activity and has established new and exciting rapport with residents, created new neighborhood resolve, empowered residents to fight back and made great inroads, winning three national awards along the way. Every department in the City is involved along with major components of the community. (Excerpt from a letter recently received from a MAP-area resident: "With joy and hope I report to you that my neighborhood has become quiet and safer. Now the kids come out to play and my neighbors sit with family in their front yards. Some neighbors started walking around the block in the morning or afternoons. Little by little the fear is fading and the sad moments from the past are being forgotten. Most of my neighbors appreciate and notice the difference between how it was and how quiet and safe it feels now.")

The High Risk Offenders Program is used to minimize the impact of parolees lining in the community by tracking all parolees released from prison back to Monrovia. A parole agent works alongside Monrovia police officers to monitor the activities and conduct of parolees living here and to direct parolees to job resources and other appropriate opportunities to assist them in making a successful transition back into the community. Those who fail in this and return to crime are vigorously prosecuted.

A Gun Bounty Program offers anonymous informants a $100 reward for informing police about people carrying guns in public places. Several bounties have been paid and many weapons have been taken off the street as a result of this program.

Since 1994, Monrovia has enforced a model Truancy Ordinance that has been duplicated by agencies nationwide and in Europe. The program has helped to increase school attendance as well as reduce the number of dropouts. Students are encouraged to stay in school rather than be on the streets where they can involved themselves in gangs and other criminal behavior.

The Monrovia Youth Alliance, working through the Santa Anita Family YMCA and the Monrovia Ministerial Association, puts experienced gang and youth outreach professionals on the streets, working daily with gang members and at-risk youth to move them away from crime toward productive lives.

A Drug Awareness Resistance Education (DARE) program has been used in Monrovia schools since 1990 in a partnership between the City and the Monrovia Unified School District. Specially-trained officers instruct Fifth Grade students in drug and gang awareness, anger management and violence alternatives.

Parenting Classes are offered at no charge by the Police Department in both English and Spanish, promoting a healthy family environment and educating parents to successfully apply learned parenting skills.

The Formative Years project offers values and life-training to children at very early stages of their education, with parent involvement at every stage.

The Monrovia Reads and Plays Van takes recreation, library and literacy training directly into at-risk neighborhoods on a daily basis.

The recently revived Youth Sports Program is providing organized sports for latch-key children after school and serves several hundred youngsters.

The Youth Employment Service (YES!) program provides summer jobs for at-risk youth and is showing great results in lowering school dropouts and sending kids on to higher education.

The Monrovia Youth Commission brings teenagers together in community service projects.

The City combats graffiti with the help of a contracted removal company. Graffiti is immediately reported and removed within 24 hours. Incidents of graffiti are reported to the Police Departments Special Enforcement Team, which investigates and prosecutes gang-related graffiti.

A Community Notification System uses a computerized system to alert residents and businesses by telephone during times of emergency and is used for crime warnings, missing children, etc.

Neighborhood Watch groups are set up throughout the community and have grown significantly in membership in recent years.