By Rick Hubbard, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
In November of the fall 2021 semester, the New England College Criminal Justice Department, working in conjunction with the NEC Criminal Justice Club, sponsored an event called “Gangs in America” on campus. The topic was chosen by “Team CJ” due to recent and concerning information about gang-related criminal activity in the U.S. This event was well attended by students from several disciplines, staff, faculty, and in-service law enforcement professionals from around the region. Featuring 4 nationally certified gang instructors from the Federal, State and County levels of government from New Jersey, Massachusetts, Delaware and Philadelphia, the attendees to this event were educated about the proliferation of gangs in the United States, and the gang cultures. Covering topics that included organized crime activities, the use of social media by gang members, gang indicators and behaviors, the 4 subject matter expert instructors provided an exciting and informative 2-day session that was enjoyed by the audience. A special thanks to the East Coast Gang Investigator’s Association (ECGIA) for their assistance.
*Note: Pictures of the instructors and their subject matter content are not permitted due to the nature of their duties and proprietary information.