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North County Gang Enforcement Collaborative Evaluation

In an effort to maintain safe communities and prevent gang-related and violent crime, six jurisdictions in the northern region of San Diego County (Carlsbad, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista) came together in 2007 to address these problems. Using funds provided under a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Edward Byrne Memorial Grant made to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, the North County Gang Enforcement Collaborative (NCGEC) was formed as a vehicle for multiple agencies to do street level work together with the goal of reducing gang and violent crime and increasing communication and collaboration across jurisdictions.

Partners included:

• San Diego County Sheriff’s Department;
• Carlsbad Police Department;
• Escondido Police Department;
• Oceanside Police Department;
• California Highway Patrol;
• San Diego County Probation Department;
• San Diego County District Attorney’s Office;
• Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and
• San Diego County Health and Human Services’ Children’s Services Department.
Collaborative members met monthly from October 2007 to June 2009 and conducted 27 coordinated suppression operations targeting violent and gang-related crime. During the operations, law enforcement personnel from different agencies and/or stations were partnered together, resulting in improved identification of gang members from different cities and facilitation of relationship and communication building among individuals. Children’s Services staff was present during each operation to coordinate removal of children from dangerous home situations and placement in North County. The District Attorney’s Office worked with law enforcement to prosecute individuals arrested during the operations.

SANDAG conducted a process and impact evaluation of this effort to determine if collaboration and communication did increase, the level of law enforcement activity associated with the suppression operations, and what effect these efforts had on overall crime in the jurisdictions, as well as what happened to individuals arrested as part of these activities as cases moved through the system.

Project Manager

Sandy Keaton, Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6933, Email:

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