A gang is defined as three or more persons with an established hierarchy that, through its membership or through the agency of any member, engages in a course or pattern of criminal activity.
The consequences of gang affiliation are high. Membership and association often guarantees a criminal history that can impede a person's ability or likelihood to succeed in life. Gang members also jeopardize the safety of family members. Gang members often retreat from the positive influences in their community including friends, family, schools, and community organizations. They find their only friends are active gang members who become part of their own extended family.
Steps parents can take:
To learn more about gangs, view our Guide to Gang Information. Also available in Spanish.
To learn more about gang prevention, view our Gang Prevention brochure. Also available in Spanish.
Sergeant Chris Troiola
151 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
To report suspected gang or drug activity online, click here.