Legislation Sponsored by Assemblyman Ramos to Crack Down on Gangs Passes Assembly
Establishes gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program
June 20, 2012
In an effort to boost New York State’s anti-gang initiatives and streamline the work currently being done by various state and federal agencies, Assemblyman Phil Ramos (D-Brentwood) announced the passing of legislation he authored to create a gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program (A.3834-A). “This bill has the power to revolutionize the way our state prosecutes street gangs,” Assemblyman Ramos said. “As a former narcotics officer, I know how difficult it can be to go after gang members. Establishing a centralized database for all information and intelligence related to street gangs will give law enforcement officials the tools they need to crack down on gangs and gang activities.” The gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program would:
- require the New York State Police Superintendent to work with local and federal law enforcement and district attorneys throughout the state to develop an integrated plan to suppress gang activity;
- create a centralized clearinghouse for all information relating to gangs operating in the state that will serve as a repository for any information obtained by local or state law enforcement entities; and
- authorize the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) commissioner to award district attorneys with grants for programs designed to stop gang activity.