Group Offers Recommendations to Eradicate Youth and Gang Violence in Prince George’s County
The Prince George’s Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Steering Committee, established in July 2010 under Council Resolution 62-2010, has completed its work, and presented its recommendations to the Prince George’s Council and County Executive, which are highlighted in the Steering Committee’s 2013 Final Report.
The Youth and Gang Violence Steering Committee encouraged continued coordination and intra-governmental collaboration with non-profits, law enforcement, and the education community to appropriately and effectively address youth and gang violence in Prince George’s County. The committee also followed the implementation of the 2009 Prince George’s County Youth and Gang Taskforce Report and assessed the current status of the report’s recommendations.
“The Committee achieved its primary goal of bringing government agencies, nonprofit organizations, law enforcement and those in our school system together to identify strategies for preventing youth and gang violence in the County,” said Council Member Eric Olson (D) – District 3, Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Steering Committee Chair. “The Steering Committee worked very hard and has pointed the County in the right direction with their recommendations. I want to thank them for their hard work as we look forward to the implementation phase.”
“I am happy that we were able to bring much needed attention to an issue that is affecting our youth in many parts of the County,” said Council Member Will Campos (D) – District 2, Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Steering Committee Co-Chair. “We need to make sure we stay engaged and keep communication flowing with all entities involved in the committee.”
Youth and Gang Violence Steering Committee recommendations include, but are not limited to the following:
- The establishment of a Gang Coordinator position to facilitate partnerships and implement a comprehensive gang model in the County
- Funding tracking mechanism for youth and gang violence prevention and intervention measures to determine the level of effectiveness
- Development of a process for research, outreach, and collaboration with local faith-based and church organizations that concurrently are pursuing solutions to prevent youth and gang violence.
- Outreach to youth groups for inclusion during task force meetings and activities, and input on ways to prevent youth and gang violence.