There is no universally agreed-upon definition of “gang” in the United States. Gang, youth gang and street gang are terms widely and often interchangeably used in mainstream coverage. Reference to gangs often implies youth gangs. In some cases, youth gangs are distinguished from other types of gangs; how youth is defined may vary as well.
Motorcycle gangs, prison gangs, hate groups, adult organized crime groups, terrorist organizations and other types of security threat groups are frequently but not always treated separately from gangs in both practice and research.
The Tipton-Gangs.org website was created by the Munford Police Department with the cooperation of the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office. Both agencies contributed many hours in research and development to bring Tipton-Gangs.org to a reality. The Munford Police Department would like to thank the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office for their contributions to the development of this project.
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40-35-121. Criminal gang offenses — Enhanced punishment — Procedure.
(a) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) “Criminal gang” means a formal or informal ongoing organization, association or group consisting of three (3) or more persons that has:
(A) As one (1) of its activities the commission of criminal acts; and
(B) Two (2) or more members who, individually or collectively, engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity;
(2) “Criminal gang member” is a person who is a member of a criminal gang, as defined in subdivision (a)(1), who meets two (2) or more of the following criteria:
(A) Admits to criminal gang involvement;
(B) Is identified as a criminal gang member by a parent or guardian;
(C) Is identified as a criminal gang member by a documented reliable informant;
(D) Resides in or frequents a particular criminal gang’s area, adopts their style or dress, their use of hand signs or their tattoos and associates with known criminal gang members;
(E) Is identified as a criminal gang member by an informant of previously untested reliability and the identification is corroborated by independent information;
(F) Has been arrested more than once in the company of identified criminal gang members for offenses that are consistent with usual criminal gang activity; or
(G) Is identified as a criminal gang member by physical evidence such as photographs or other documentation;