"Criminal Gang" means a formal or informal ongoing organization, association, or group that consists of five or more persons who form for the purpose of committing criminal activity and who knowingly and actively participate in a pattern of criminal gang activity. (SC Code of Laws Section 16-8-230(2)).
In looser terminology, a gang can be described as a group of individuals who may claim control over certain territories and engage in illegal behavior. As history has shown, participants are often volatile, committing acts of violence toward rival gang members or the general public for even minor infractions of their code. Police officers and the public must understand that gang activity is not limited to any specific race, economic status, or political ideology. There are gangs exclusive to Black members, Hispanics, Asians and Whites. There are also a number of gangs which cross racial boundaries.
The Gang Task Force Mission is to eradicate gang activity through expanding the knowledge of our Citizens, Law Enforcement Agencies, Teachers and School Administrators.
This mission is accomplished through GANG AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS that are taught free of charge to any group requesting the presentations.
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