The Region V Anti-Gang Intelligence Led Policing Program is a project designed to combat the increasing problem of gang violence in recent years. As a result, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) was successful in applying to the U.S. Department of Justice for $1.4 million in federal funds under the Targeting Violent Crime Initiative.
OES is re-granting those funds to designated Sheriff's Departments within the agency's seven Law Enforcement Mutual Aid (LEMA) regions across the state. The program is known as the Regional Anti-Gang Intelligence-Led Policing Program.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Deparment is the designated grantee for LEMA Region V.
The participating departments within Region V are Kern, Kings, Fresno, Madera, Merced, and Mariposa counties. The grant represents a natural progression for gang violence suppression, identification, and multi-agency cooperation.
- The Tulare County Sheriff's Department has designated a Region V Anti-Gang Coordinator from its ranks of Gang Violence Suppression Detectives. The coordinator will work with OES and other participating agency coordinators through out the Region V participating agencies in developing a communication network on county, municipal and community levels. Contacts will be made through e-mail, telephone, fax, letter and in-person conferences. The purpose of the contacts is to increase communication between departments and gang suppression units throughout the Region V area. By increasing the contacts and developing coordinators, the individual department gang units are benefitting by exchanging up-to-date information and will be able to "map" and identify the ever-changing gang trends.
- Information gathered is input into a coordinated database that can be accessed by Law Enforcement only and is used primarily to identify specific gangs, members, associates, and criminal activity throughout the state.
- Coordinate community anti-gang efforts through the regional network of anti-gang coordinators.
- Utilize the information gathered through the regional network to facilitate anti-gang, intelligence-led policing, including the collection and reporting information required by BJA performance measures.