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National Gang Center

Inform, equip, and train communities to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime
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Who We Are

The National Gang Center (NGC) is a project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The NGC is an integral component of the Justice Department’s mission to provide innovative leadership in coordination with federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems to prevent and reduce crime. The NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome‐driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime.

Focus Areas

History of the National Gang Center

As a means to strengthen communities’ abilities to address youth gang involvement, OJJDP launched the National Youth Gang Center NYGC in 1995. In 2003, BJA launched the NGC to provide law enforcement with specialized training for countering street gang crime. In October 2009, the NYGC merged with the NGC. This unification signified a recognition that street gang activities transcend ages of the members and that a balanced, comprehensive approach is needed to reduce gang involvement and levels of gang crime. Consolidation of the centers has leveraged resources and resulted in a single, more efficient entity, responsive to the needs of criminal and juvenile justice professionals, law enforcement, youth‐and community‐serving practitioners, researchers, and the public.


Do you have a question or would you like to contact us? Choose a category below to get started.

For media information requests and referrals, please submit your inquiry via the Media form.

If you are a student seeking information for an assignment, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Gangs and Publications pages. Because of the large volume of requests we receive, we are unable to respond to each of these types of inquiries or to grant individual staff interviews.

For speaker referrals for your training or conference, fill out the Speaker Recommendation Request Form.

If you are seeking specific information about local gangs, we encourage you to contact your local or state law enforcement authorities. The NGC cannot assist with this type of request.

If you are seeking information about the National Youth Gang Survey, visit the NGC Surveys and Analyses page. Please note that the final year of reporting for the NYGS was 2012.

For all other inquiries, please fill out the contact form.