Building a National Gang Strategy: A Comprehensive Policy Proposal for Effective Policing, Partnerships, and Organizational Change

Confronted by challenges of a growing gang threat amidst an unprecedented fiscal crisis, U.S. law enforcement is at a crossroads. Police leaders must choose between continuing a reactive response that attempts to preserve the status quo and a new vision of transformational policy and organizational change. The Illiana Regional Gang Task Force (IRGTF), a trans-jurisdictional initiative of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and neighboring police departments provides an innovative model response to the regional problem posed by gangs.