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Texas DPS releases Texas Gang Threat Assessment

July 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas DPS releases Texas Gang Threat Assessment

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This week, the Department of Public Safety in Texas released the Texas Gang Threat Assessment Report, which was formed to present a general overview and update on the threat posed by gang activity in the state.

West Texas is designated as DPS Region Four in the report, which shows that the highest areas of suspected gang activity were in the counties of Ector, Midland, Tom Green and El Paso.

The most notable groups for last year in Region Four were Barrio Azteca and the Tango cliques in El Paso and West Texas. The biggest and most active gangs are the Sureños, the Gangster Disciples, and the Crips. The most active prison gangs are the Tango groups, Barrio Azteca, and the Aryan Brotherhood.

Other groups active throughout the area include the Mexican Mafia, the Bandidos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, the Aryan Circle, and the Latin Kings.

Among convicted gang members going into Texas Department of Criminal Justice in 2016, roughly 7% came from counties in Region Four, which indicates no change from 2015. Tango members represent 37% of those convictions, and Barrio Azteca accounted for 28%.

“This report provides an overview of gangs in Texas, which gives law enforcement information to help protect our communities from these organizations,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a press release. “Gangs remain a significant threat to safety in our state, not only because of their penchant for violence, but also their relationships with other organizations, such as Mexican cartels.”

The Texas Gang Threat Assessment is based on the input of many police and criminal justice agencies across Texas.

The assessment outlines the state’s methodical approach to evaluating and grading gangs to identify which organizations represent the most threat. The report also notes that there are as many as 100,000 members across Texas.

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