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     COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY
     County of Halifax, Virginia
 
 

 

 

GANG INFORMATION

Fighting the scourge of gang related activity is one of the hallmarks of the Halifax County Commonwealth's Office.

WARNING SIGNS OF GANG INVOLVEMENT

WHAT PARENTS CAN DO TO PREVENT GANG INVOLVEMENT

RESOURCES


WARNING SIGNS OF GANG INVOLVEMENT

Your child exhibits negative changes in behavior such as:

  • Withdraws from family.
  • Declining school attendance or performance.
  • Stays out late without a reason.
  • Displays an unusual desire for secrecy.
  • Exhibits signs of drug use.
  • Breaks rules constantly.
  • Speaks in gang-style slang.
  • Shows an unusual interest in one or two particular colors or a particular logo.
  • Using unusual hand signals to communicate with friends.
  • Has an unusual interest in gangsta-influenced music, videos, movies or websites.
  • Has specific drawings or gang symbols on schoolbooks, clothes, walls or displays tattoos.
  • Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting related bruises such as injuries to the hand or knuckles).
  • Has unexplained cash or goods such as clothing, electronics or jewelry.
  • Admits to "hanging out" with kids in gangs.


HOW PARENTS CAN HELP PREVENT GANG INVOLVEMENT

As a parent you want to protect your children and make sure that they do not become involved with gangs.  Here are some good parenting strategies to keep your child from gang involvement:

  • Spend quality time with your child.
  • Get involved in your child's school activities.
  • Know your child's friends and their families.
  • Talk with your child about the dangers and consequences of gang involvement.
  • Let your child know that you do not want to see them hurt or arrested.
  • Teach your child how to cope with peer pressure.
  • Take action in your neighborhood (create a neighborhood alliance, report graffiti).
  • Do not allow the use of any kind of hand or finger signs that may be meaningful to gangs.
  • Do not allow your child to wear clothing that may have meaning to gangs in your area.

RESOURCES

To help families in their gang prevention efforts, Halifax County has a broad range of resources available to you and your child:

GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES

Project Safe Neighborhoods

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

Halifax County Health Dept.     434-476-4863
Southside Common Services Board     434-572-2936
Healthy Families     434-575-0110

POLICE DEPARTMENTS

Town of Halifax     434-476-2526
Town of South Boston     434-575-4270
Sheriff's Department     434-476-3334
Virginia State Police     800-552-0962
Non-Emergency Calls     434-476-1887
Commonwealth's Attorney     434-476-2139
Victim/Witness Assistance     434-476-3393

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

Gang Graffiti
Gangs 101
Your Friends, Your Choices

RECREATION

Y.M.C.A.     434-572-8909
South Boston United Martial Arts     434-575-8888
Halifax County Recreation Dept.     434-476-3332
AYSO     434-454-6673

SUMMER PROGRAM

Kids College (SVHED)     434-572-5440

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Mentor/Role Model Program     434-575-3011
Misunderstood     434-476-7172

YOUTH CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS

Boy Scouts of America     434-728-1638 or 540-265-0656
Girl Scouts of America     800-474-1948
4-H Clubs     434-476-2134

In addition to these fine organizations, check with the schools for clubs and various activities; also contact the local churches and ministers of Halifax County for assistance.

 

 
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