Gang Hotline: Call Crime Stoppers @ 262-TIPS (8477)eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the IMPD Criminal Gang Unit is to identify and dismantle criminal street gangs within Indianapolis, Marion County. The IMPD Criminal Gang Unit conducts investigations that lead to the prosecution of those involved in criminal offenses under local, state, and federal laws. Special emphasis is placed on gangs that commit high impact violent crimes, including, but not limited to, homicide, felonious assault, drug trafficking, extortion, and weapons violations.
What is a Criminal Street Gang?Indiana State Statute 35-45-9-1 defines a criminal gang as a group with at least three members that specifically: (1) either: (A) promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or (B) participates in; or (2) requires as a condition of membership or continued membership; the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery (IC 35-42-2-1).
Currently there is not law against becoming a member of a gang. Gang membership is protected just as membership in the Boy Scouts is protected under federal law. Only when the express purpose of the gang is of a criminal nature can membership be considered against the law.