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Winnipeg Police Service

Gang Prevention and Exiting Strategies

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

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What is a Gang?

  • A group of three or more persons
  • A group of people who commit crimes for material benefit and/or financial benefit
  • May identify themselves through a common name, symbol, color, sign, graffiti or clothing

Signs/Indicators to Consider When Making a Referral to the Winnipeg Police Service Gang Prevention Coordinator

  • Active / Admitted gang members
  • Siblings of active gang members
  • Associates with gang members
  • Sexually Exploited Females
  • Associates with other wannabee gang members
  • Possible / Known gang intentions of recruitment
  • Easily influenced individual
  • Drug dealers
  • Escalating criminal behavior
  • First time young offenders
  • Limited family and positive supports
  • Becomes withdrawn from regular activities
  • Engages in vandalism or delinquent behavior
  • Has a sibling who is already a known gang member
  • Limited family support and may be relied on to support themselves
  • Limited positive supports
  • Becomes withdrawn from regular activities

Winnipeg Police service Providing Support for at risk individuals - gang prevention and exiting strategices downloadable PDF brochure.

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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?

  • School
  • Parks
  • Parties
  • Recreation Centers
  • Through Friends
  • In your own back yard
  • Online

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:


Gang Action Interagency Network(G.A.I.N.)

  • Gang-prevention resources, including the handbook 'Finding Opportunities for Youth: Most Active Youth Services, Programs and Organizations in Winnipeg by Area".

Manitoba 211

211 Manitoba

  • A searchable online database of government, health, and social services that are available across Manitoba.
  • The service helps Manitobans who are looking to find the right community or social resource but don’t know where to start.
  • Services are grouped together into categories that include food and clothing, housing and homelessness, health, mental health, employment, newcomers, children and parenting, and youth.
  • A comprehensive database for youth services programming can be viewed at

project Gang Proof

Manitoba Justice Project Gang Proof Resource Line Manitoba

  • 1-800-691-4264 a non-emergency resource line for youth, parents and others dealing with gang-related issues.
  • Callers will be referred to the appropriate resources.

Manitoba Government

Turnabout Program

  • Winnipeg (204) 945-5609 / Manitoba 1-866-276-5081
  • Assists children under 12 who have come into conflict with the law.
  • The program is a partnership between provincial agencies, community groups and local police services.

Gang Prevention Videos

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Last update: March 16, 2020

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