The Winnipeg Police Service is committed to assisting individuals at risk of being involved in gang activity. We at the Winnipeg Police Service will assist with aligning at risk individuals with existing government and community agencies to provide the necessary supports where possible.
Providing support for at risk individuals
Are you, or do you know an at-risk individual? Do you need help?
Reach out or send a referral to the Winnipeg Police Service Gang Prevention Coordinator
Possible Signs of a Person at Risk For Gang Enrollment
Owns more than one cell phone
Isolated from friends and Family
Shows signs of tobacco, alcohol or drug use
Changes circle of friends and desire too much privacy
Carries a weapon or conceals personal items
Makes impulsive and/or excessive purchases (clothes, jewelry, car, etc.)
Has large sums of money from an unexplained source
Uses a gang's specific colors, emblems or hand signals
Has had negative interactions with police
Where Do Gangs Recruit?
In your own back yard
Facts About Gangs...
The majority of gang members are male
Almost half of gang members are under 18yrs of age
Gang members are from all races, cultures, social economic groups
The goal of a gang is to participate in illegal activities using violence and intimidation
Females in gangs are regularly utilizes in the sex trade and/or exploited
What parents can do to assist in preventing gang activity...
Spend quality time with your children and get involved in their education.
Know your children's friends and their families.
Teach your children how to cope with peer pressure.
Help your children develop good conflict/resolution skills.
Encourage your children to participate in positive after school activities with adult supervision (e.g. organized sports, youth groups).
Challenge your children's whereabouts.
What resources are available?
Parents, teachers, school counsellors, youth workers, elders and other community members play a vital role in helping children and youth to avoid gang involvement. Services are available for you to call upon and may be found in the attached resource guides: