Greenville Police release gang validation requirements - WRBL

Greenville Police release gang validation requirements

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In response to questions from the media regarding Wednesday morning's fatal shooting, Greenville Police have released information about the department's gang validation process.

Police say to be considered a validated gang member you must meet three of the following criteria:
 
•         Self Admittance: The individual admits to being a gang member or associate
•         Tattoos/Markings/Scars: The individual has scars/marks/tattoos denoting gang membership and/or association.
•         Association/Observation: The individual is observed associating on a regular basis with gang members
•         Hand Signs/Symbols: The individual is observed displaying hand signs or symbols or writes graffiti denoting gang membership/association
•         Terminology/Language: The individual uses terminology or language denoting gang membership/association
•         Clothing/Jewelry/Style: The individual is observed wear clothing, jewelry, or style denoting gang membership/association
•         Documentation: The individual possesses photographs, graffiti etc denoting gang membership/association
•         Documented Incident: The individual has a record of participating in, organizing, or supporting criminal gang activity.
•         Reliable Confidential Source: The individual has been identified by a reliable informant as having gang membership/association
•         Untested Source: The individual has been identified by an untested source as having gang membership/association.
•         Law Enforcement: The individual has been identified as having gang membership/association by an outside law enforcement source or a law enforcement electronic system (i.e. gang databases)
•         Communications – Written/Verbal/Electronic: The individual communicates/corresponds with identified  gang members by writing letters in gang terminology or by telephone conversation or text messages in coded gang language. 
 
The victim in Wednesday morning’s shooting, Jamar  Blue Clark, was identified as a validated gang member through this process. You can read more about the shooting at this link.

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