San Diego, California

Reducing Gang Violence by Targeting Offenders

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Site LE Agency
San Diego Police Department

Site Researcher
Cynthia Burke, Ph.D., Sandy Keaton, M.A., and Debbie Correia, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Site Focus
Gangs

SPI Strategy
Place-based policing, Offender-based policing, Intelligence-led policing

Site Cohort
2010

Site Profile
Large urban area of 325.19 sq. miles with a population of 1,313,433

Project Overview

The goal of the San Diego SPI was to develop a multifaceted project to combat the growing street gang issue in Mid-City San Diego. The East San Diego (ESD) gang, in particular, was identified as one of the more well-established gangs in the city. The project focused on targeted intelligence to inform violence suppression, correctional oversight to hold accountable ESD members on probation and/or parole, and community action in providing intervention services to high-risk youth. Efforts were driven by Intelligence-Led Policing and interagency and community collaboration.

Data Highlight

  • San Diego SPI conducted 49 data-driven operations resulting in:
    • 411 field interviews; and
    • 75 arrests (22 ESD leaders were removed).
  • Intensive wraparound interventions were provided to 13 East San Diago (ESD) youth involved in gangs.
  • 32 San Diego Police Department officers were provided Human Intelligence trainings.