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Old 03-31-2012, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
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I'm looking at moving to Colorado in about a year and was curious as to what gangs operate in the Denver metro area, what signs to look for with these gangs (colors, signs, etc), and the like. This is important to me because I plan on teaching high school down there and I will need to deal with this problem. I am from a smaller city, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (population of 200,000) where gangs are rare and mostly just wanna-be's. I have done a lot of sociological research on gangs but would like as much information as possible on the area I plan to reside in.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Midland TX
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Default Which gangs?

...Um...ALL of them!
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Berkeley in Denver, CO USA
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...Um...ALL of them!
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Crowntown
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Compared to the Dakotas, Denver is overun with gangs, however the D in the bigger picture is not a dangerous city. Denver is a gang city but that doesn't make it a dangerous city. Miami has very few gangs and new orleans has no gangs just clicks of neighborhood friends that commit crimes and both cities are warzones compared to tranquil denver as far as violence is concerned.

The majority of the gangs in Denver are harmless. There's over 100 gangs and less than 50 murders a year here. This is one of few places in the US where you can even be considered a gang without having a couple homocides on your belt. Most of these "gangs" really just tag there neighborhoods and sell $20 bags of weed to hippies and stoners. There are a few bad gangs but if you avoid bad areas you will be fine for the most part. Even if you were to move to a gang infested area they probably won't bother you unless you try to set up some sort of drug trafficking shop on there turf.

If your a white guy and you don't have a fade and gold grill don't even worry about gang colors period. Real gang members will assume your just niave and probably ignore you even if your wearing sworn enemy colors on there block. This is Denver, not Compton.
Denver is one of if not the safest big city in America.
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Old 04-01-2012, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Wouldn't the people at the high school where you get a job be able to fill you in on what gang activity to watch for at that school and in the area? Wouldn't the police department have the kind of information that you are looking for?

I doubt that many people who participate in this kind of forum have experience with gangs, altho Razorblade seems to know more than the rest of us.
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Old 04-01-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Berkeley in Denver, CO USA
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Old 04-02-2012, 02:05 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD
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Wouldn't the people at the high school where you get a job be able to fill you in on what gang activity to watch for at that school and in the area? Wouldn't the police department have the kind of information that you are looking for?

I doubt that many people who participate in this kind of forum have experience with gangs, altho Razorblade seems to know more than the rest of us.
I'm pretty sure it's against policy to ask the students about the gang culture in the city, and while I agree that most of the people here are probably blind to it, there could be a few people who actually know something. I haven't contacted Denver P.D. as of yet, but in my experience the Police always try to avoid questions of that sort as much as possible.

Would anybody maybe know of any gang prevention programs that are set up for the city youth that I could contact?
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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Shucks, I was thinking that the principal, vice principal and other teachers were “people”. If there was known gang activity at a school, I would certainly think that information would be shared among the teachers and administration.

I've never had a problem contacting a police department for information. Some of the school districts have officers in the schools, so obviously they would be a good source of information. And some police departments have community police officers, whose job is to be familiar with the various criminal elements in a neighborhood.
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