The chief's solution to the problem of gang violence is for witnesses to call and report what they know, confidentially of course. Asked about community organization involvement with gangs (gang intervention), the chief replied that numerous organizations are working on the crew and gang issue and that all others have to do is just get involved. (minutes 7:45-9:30)
Susie's comments: Getting involved is not easy as the chief may have suggested, though I don’t blame the chief for not knowing this. The fact is that successful and effective gang intervention requires training, skill and resources. It also requires strong connections to others – both government and community resources. Finally, effective gang interventions are grounded in research and theory. Researchers, for example, have found that some interventions actually strengthen gang bonds. This is important to know.
We also know from experience that wanting to help is not enough. So all due respect to Chief Lanier, not everyone interested is equipped to do the work.