The OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model is an evidence-based framework for the coordination of multiple datadriven, anti-gang and violence-reduction strategies to address serious, violent, and entrenched youth street gang problems. The Model combines prevention, intervention, and suppression tactics that reach beyond enforcement to address the root causes of criminal gang activity within a community. This framework provides a mechanism to pull together disjointed, fragmented approaches into an organized plan of action.
Implementation is guided by a Steering Committee made up of decision makers from local agencies and organizations that hold responsibility for addressing a community’s gang problem. The Model facilitates community involvement and uses a multidisciplinary team, along with street outreach, to directly intervene with those gang-involved youth and young adults most likely to be involved in violent gang-related behaviors. Suppression strategies are focused on addressing the most serious crime problems, including violence.