Gang-Related Filings Decline Substantially
Tracking gang-related data may help the community gauge the extent and nature of gang membership and gang-related crime. It can aid policymakers in determining the effectiveness of programs to combat gang-related crime and the level of funding needed to support these programs. This indicator measures gang-related crime filings, and the numbers of gangs and gang members as identified by law enforcement.1
How is San Bernardino County Doing?
Gang-related filings decreased:
- There were a total of 811 gang-related filings in 2017, a decrease of 28% from 1,129 filings in 2016.
- In 2017, 33 of the filings against gang-related defendants were for homicide – a 10% increase in gang-related homicide filings from 30 in 2016.
- In 2017, 21% of all homicide filings and 6% of all felony filings were gang-related.
Gangs membership remained the same:
- There were 650 known gangs in San Bernardino County in 2017, below the five-year average of 684 gangs.
- At 15,000, the number of gang members stayed the same between 2016 and 2017. The five-year trend, however, is upward, increasing from 14,099 in 2013.