Gang Statistics

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As a part of a drug grant application, the city of Omaha was required to provide statistics regarding Omaha's gang problem. As of December 2004, Omaha police had 28 different gangs on file.

Omaha police has a list of more than 2,500 names of gang members living in the city.

"I know there are a number of gangs in the area," said Jan Quinley of Ford Birth site Neighborhood. "We see Suranos, we see MS13, we see South Omaha Bloods, we see Crips coming from north Omaha -- so we have identified a number of gangs in the area."

It's a topic Quinley often writes about in her Ford Birth site Neighborhood Association newsletter.

"We are very vigilant about reporting graffiti," she said. "Because that's a major sign of gang activity."

Virgil Patlan has put together a video in south Omaha as a part of an anti-gang message he takes to fourth-grade classes.

"We talk about how you can do anything you want," Patlan said. "But being in prison or in gangs is not the idea."

"They're so use to doing what they call the thug life," said Alberto Gonzalez of Boy sand Girls Club.

Gonzalez recruited known gang members to visit the Boys and Girls Club.

"Once you get them involved, you see that kids come out in them again," he said. "And that's the beauty of the Boys and Girls Club. I can tell you right now -- 50 percent of my case load has stepped down from gangs."

However, those who've worked to eliminate gangs know much still needs to be done to make the city gang free.

The police department says it doesn't like giving out information about gangs.

It says gang members like to hear and see their names in the media.


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