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AG Derek Schmidt marks Gang Awareness Week with new gang prevention resources

Release Date: Oct 10, 2016

TOPEKA – (October 10, 2016) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today marked the beginning of Gang Awareness Week in Kansas by updating and expanding educational resources to help parents and educators prevent youth from joining gangs.

The Gang Free Kansas partners have updated and distributed toolkits for school administrators, teachers, parents and students. The toolkits provide information, discussion topics, warning signs and other resources to help prevent gang involvement. First made available on a limited basis last year, the toolkits are now more broadly available, including versions in both English and Spanish. The effort is targeted toward helping the Kansas education community become more aware of gang prevention strategies and resources available. As part of this initiative, law enforcement experts are available to provide education and awareness training to schools, community groups and the general public.

Gov. Sam Brownback has issued a proclamation declaring October 10-14 as Gang Awareness Week.

“Parents, educators, young people and community members all play a role in preventing youth from joining gangs and reporting gang activity to law enforcement,” Schmidt said. “The Gang Free Kansas partners have been leading the way in making these materials available for Kansas educators and continue to update them with new information on how to prevent gang involvement.”

Gang Free Kansas is an educational initiative led by the attorney general’s office and developed in cooperation with law enforcement throughout the state. It is based on the Gang Free Wichita program led by the Wichita Crime Commission. The program includes educational materials for local law enforcement officials to use in presentations to community groups and a website for the public to learn more about how to spot and report gang activity. Kansans can learn more about the Gang Free Kansas initiative by visiting the website at www.ag.ks.gov/GangFreeKansas. Copies of the toolkit and information for educators interested in a law enforcement presentation to students also is available at the website.

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