GANGS

IN CINCINNATI

By TAYLOR MIRFENDERESKI WCPO Reporter Public Safety & Justice taylor.mirfendereski@wcpo.com @taylormirf

BLOODS & CRIPS IN CINCY?

Nope! Cincinnati gangs are unlike gangs in Los Angeles and Chicago. They are mostly neighborhood-based, and they don't take orders from gang leaders in other cities. Leaders emerge, but there is no hierarchy.

"Even though they are gangs and just as dangerous, they’re more of a hybrid. They take bits and pieces of the gang world and adapt it to their needs.”

DAWN KEATING Cincinnati Police Analyst

46 Gangs 899 Gang Members

that police reported active on 9/23/15

IMPACT ON LOCAL VIOLENCE

More than half of Cincinnati's shootings this year are connected to gang members, according to Cincinnati police. 415 shootings (as of Nov, 3, 2015) 54% of shootings tied to gangs 63 homicides (as of Nov. 3, 2015) 50% of homicides tied to gangs

"If you're not selling drugs, buying drugs or hanging out with somebody who does, Cincinnati is a pretty safe place."

LT. JOE RICHARDSON Cincinnati Gang Enforcement Squad

Click here to find out:

- Why Chicago gang members come here "to retire" - If you should avoid a gang's turf - How police are targeting gangs - How to recognize a gang in your neighborhood - And more frequently asked questions

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