Gang-Related Crime

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

Tracking gang-related data may help the community gauge the extent and nature of gang membership and gang-related crime.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

Gang-Related Filings

San Bernardino County, 2013-2017
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Source: San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

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.

Gang-Related Homicide Filings

San Bernardino County, 2013-2017
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Source: San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office

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.

Gangs and Gang Membership

San Bernardino County, 2008-2017
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Source: San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

1A filing is a charging document filed with the superior court clerk by a prosecuting attorney alleging that a person committed or attempted to commit a crime.