What is a Gang?

A Gang is a group of individuals that is generally involved in delinquent or criminal activities. The group includes: core members, regulars and peripheral members. The leadership, or core members, determines the nature, level and goals of gang activity. Some characteristics attributed to gangs include: group organization, leadership, violent behavior, territory, recurrent interaction, violent behavior and the use of symbolism. A link exists between youth gang members and later adult crime. Gangs typically engage in illegal money-making activities such as: drug and firearms trafficking. The increase in the violent behavior of youth gangs has resulted in its members engaging in illegal money-making activities.

Gang Recruitment

  • Peer pressure, the promise of protection, community association or a sense of family.
  • Monetary incentives.
  •  Intimidation.
  •  A history of family involvement with a particular gang.

Reasons For Kids Joining a Gang:

  •  Low self-esteem
  • A sense of belonging due to lack of friends or family involvement.
  • Real or perceived protection.
  • Friend(s) or other acquaintances are gang members.
  • Family members already belong to a gang.

Signs of Gang Involvement:

  • New friends or associations with known gang members.
  • A loss in family interest.
  • Shows a disregard for others and their property.
  • Exhibits signs of likely drug or alcohol use.
  • Trouble with law enforcement.
  • An Unwillingness to discuss their activities.

What Makes New Mexico Susceptible to Gang Crime?

  •  New Mexico is the only state in the Southwest that has not enacted some form of gang legislation.
  •  Lack of recognition and constant reporting of gang-related crime.
  •  Inadequate funding at all levels of the state’s criminal justice system.
  •  Inadequate funding at all levels of the state’s criminal justice system.
  •  Close proximity to the Mexican border.
  • Limited treatment, prevention and intervention.

New Mexico consistently ranks at or near the bottom of the fifty states in areas that are prime indicators of gang susceptibility.

  •  Drop-out rates, public school scores and teacher salaries.
  •  Teenage pregnancy
  •  Median household income
  •  Single parent households


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Cibola County Law Enforcement:
Cibola County Sheriff Office(505) 876-2040
Acoma Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6601
Grants Police Department(505) 287-5144
Laguna Pueblo Police Department(505) 552-6685
Milan Police Department(505) 287-4491
Pine Hill – Ramah Navajo Police Department(505) 775-3226
New Mexico State Police(505) 287-4377


Sandoval County Law Enforcement: 
Sandoval County Sheriff Office(505) 867-7526
Bernalillo Police Department(505) 867-2304
Cochiti Pueblo Police Department(505) 465-3136
Corrales Police Department(505) 898-7585
Cuba Police Department(505) 289-9157
Jemez Pueblo Police Department(575) 834-0468
Jemez Springs Police Department(575) 829-3345
Kewa Pueblo - B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Rio Rancho Police Department(505) 891-5900
Sandia Pueblo Police Department(505) 890-1428
San Felipe Pueblo – B.I.A. Police
(505) 346-2868/2869
Santa Ana Pueblo Police Department(505) 891-7226
San Ysidro Police Department(575) 834-7581
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256


Valencia County Law Enforcement: 
Valencia County Sheriff Department(505) 865-9603
Belen Police Department(505) 864-6288
Bosque Farms Police Department(505) 869-2358
Isleta Pueblo Police Department(505) 869-6511
Los Lunas Police Department(505) 865-9130
New Mexico State Police(505) 841-9256


New Mexico State Law Enforcement: 
New Mexico State Police(505) 827-9300