Click here to view the series of videos "Why Youth Join Gangs". It comes from the National Gang Center.
GangFreeWichita.org© is an initiative of the Wichita Crime Commission, the Make Good Choices Program, Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County and Safe Streets Wichita with special thanks to Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising and George Lay Signs.
Gangs, which are fueled by drugs, are violent criminal organizations that prey on young people. They encourage children to join by promising them money, jewelry and status among their peers. This website is designed to provide members of the community with information about street gangs and their impact on society.
This web page also has information about what parents and grandparents should look for in a child’s behavior that might indicate he or she is either in a gang or is being recruited by gang members.
Young people and the adults in their lives can also find information here about how to get help getting out of gangs.
There are resources on this page, such as links to helpful informational websites, gang prevention flyers, the Wichita Police Department’s Gang Hotline, the Crime Stoppers tip phone line and text-messaging number, and information about the Crime Stoppers/Wichita Public Schools Speak-Up program which allows students to anonymously and safely report gang and other criminal activity.
If you have any questions or suggestions about how to improve this site, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive information about the Gang Tattoo Removal program, call 316-267-1235.
In 2012, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt launched the Gang Free Kansas website which is modeled after Gang Free Wichita. To go to the website, click here.
Pro football player Ray Lewis works with young people to motivate them toward excellence. To view a motivational talk he had with some young basketball players, click here.
For answers to frequently asked questions about gangs, click here.
Parents or grandparents looking for information about how to get young people out of a gang should click here.
To learn more about gang signs and tattoos, click here.
For a quick reference guide on what parents or grandparents can do to keep a child out of a gang, click here for the English version, click here for the Spanish version, and click here for the Vietnamese version.
To view and download the National Gang Center’s Parent’s Guide to Gangs, click here.
To visit the Wichita Police Department Gang Section on the WPD website, click here.. To view the Wichita Police Department Gang Unit's PowerPoint show, click here.
To submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers, click here.
To visit the Wichita Public Schools/Crime Stoppers in Schools Speak Up Program web page, click here.
Phone number for WPD Gang Unit: 316-268-4191
SCAT Hotline: 316-267-SCAT (7228)
Phone number for Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit: 316-522-2610
Phone number for Crime Stoppers:316-267-2111
To submit an anonymous text message tip to Crime Stoppers, call CRIMES (274637) from your cell phone and begin your tip with TIP217.
In 2012, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt created the Gang Free Kansas program, modeled after the Wichita Crime Commission's Gang Free Wichita program. To visit the Gang Free Kansas website, click here.
To visit the Wichita Public school's Speak Up website, click here.
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