Davie Countyâ€™s Gang Awareness Task Force was formed in 2008 to establish a community centered group that would focus on the prevention of gangs in Davie County rather than having to focus on intervention.
The funding was authorized using Federal Byrne/JAG funds supplied through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.Â The grant was applied for through our Juvenile Crime Prevention Council in Davie County.Â All federal reports are made to The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in Raleigh NC, and the Governorâ€™s Crime Commission.
The group is compromised of members from The Davie County Sheriffâ€™s Department, The Mocksville Police Department, Davie County Schools and various community leaders who want to see all Davie County youth succeed.
Founded on the premise of education and prevention, our main goal is to educate the citizens of Davie County about gangs and the illegal activities that are commonly associated with gangs.Â We also strive to put current and up to date information in the hands of the citizens of Davie County that will accurately show gang colors, signs and graffiti.
It is easy for kids to get caught up in the draw of easy money and the desire to fit in.Â It is the goal of the Gang Taskforce to show our kids that they can â€śfit inâ€ť to society without becoming a statistic. We believe it is in the best interest of Davie County and itâ€™s citizens to be proactive about gang prevention now, so we wonâ€™t have to be reactive to gangs actively recruiting our kids in the future.
The group has implemented a violence hotline that anyone in the county can call and anonymously report crime.Â Several members of the group have been trained in Street Smart, a program designed to target young children from becoming members of a gang.Â The group hopes to continue to work within the community to make sure Davie County remains a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and play.