Anti-Gang Summit Planned for November

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in cooperation with several local and state partners is sponsoring an anti-gang summit for southeastern Wisconsin. The theme is “Working Together to Prevent Violence in our Communities,” and highlights community-law enforcement collaborations. The conference will be held on November 18th and 19th at the Wyndham Airport Hotel in Milwaukee.

The conference will be attended by many different people including; law enforcement, Department of Corrections, school district personnel, probation and parole, government officials, prosecutors, youth agencies, community based organizations, social service agencies etc. The conference is free and will include lunch and a continental breakfast. Continuing Legal Education credits will also be available through MATC.

The summit will be comprised of three plenary sessions and twenty-five individual workshops. Some of the topics include: strategies to address gang crime; restorative justice practices with gangs; information sharing among law enforcement agencies; re-entry programming; intelligence led policing; prevention and intervention; gangs and the internet, and more.

Safe & Sound has contributed to planning and preparations of several sessions. Milwaukee HIDTA, also part of the Safe & Sound strategy, has contributed significantly by providing presenters and planning expertise. Several Safe Place staff are presenting on their unique anti-gang programming including the United Community Center and Davis Boys & Girls Club. Other community collaborations involving Safe & Sound will also be highlighted.

Acknowledgement on the part of law enforcement and social service agencies that multiple approaches and coordinated strategies are needed to address the complex issues of gangs is becoming more apparent and widely accepted. There are many collaborative community and law enforcement relationships that will be highlighted at the summit in an effort to spread these successes into more and more communities of Wisconsin.

For additional information refer to the following links:

Studying ways to derail gangs and their culture
By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel

2009 Southeastern Wisconsin Anti-Gang Summit tentative agenda

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