2009 California Penal Code - Section 13827-13827.2 :: Chapter 3.6. Office Of Gang And Youth Violence Policy

PENAL CODE
SECTION 13827-13827.2

13827.  (a) There is within the Governor's Office of Emergency
Services, the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy.
   (b) (1) The Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy shall be
responsible for identifying and evaluating state, local, and federal
gang and youth violence suppression, intervention, and prevention
programs and strategies, along with funding for those efforts. The
director shall be responsible for monitoring, assessing, and
coordinating the state's programs, strategies, and funding that
address gang and youth violence in a manner that maximizes the
effectiveness and coordination of those programs, strategies, and
resources. The director shall communicate with local agencies and
programs in an effort to promote the best practices for addressing
gang and youth violence through suppression, intervention, and
prevention.
   (2) The office shall develop a comprehensive set of
recommendations to define its mission, role, and responsibilities as
a statewide entity dedicated to reducing violence and the
proliferation of gangs and gang violence in California communities.
   (3) In developing this set of recommendations, the office shall
collaborate with a wide range of state and local stakeholders,
including, but not limited to, community-based organizations serving
at-risk populations and neighborhoods, law enforcement, educators,
the courts, policy experts and scholars with expertise in the area of
criminal street gangs, and local policymakers.
   (4) The office, in collaboration with the stakeholders specified
in paragraph (3), shall include in its deliberations the most
effective role for the office with respect to the following:
   (A) The collection and analysis of data on gang membership
statewide and the effectiveness of various gang prevention efforts.
   (B) The development of reliable and accurate sources of data to
measure the scale and characteristics of California's gang problems.
   (C) The development of a clearinghouse for research on gangs,
at-risk youth, and prevention and intervention programs in order to
identify best practices and evidence-based programming, as well as
unsuccessful practices, and in order to promote effective strategies
for reducing gang involvement and gang violence.
   (D) Assisting state and local governmental and nongovernmental
entities in developing violence and gang prevention strategies,
including built-in evaluation components.
   (E) The development of sustained coordination mechanisms among
state, local, and regional entities.
   (F) The identification of available or needed federal, state,
regional, local, and private funding resources.
   (G) Providing or otherwise promoting public education on effective
programs, models, and strategies for the control of violence and
serving as a clearinghouse for information on gang violence
prevention issues, programs, resources, and research.
   (H) Providing or otherwise promoting training and technical
assistance to help build the capacity of organizations, communities,
and local government to develop, implement, and evaluate gang
violence prevention programs.
   (I) Providing information and guidance to state and local
governmental and nongovernmental entities on accessing state and
federal resources to prevent gang violence.
   (J) Facilitating greater integration between existing entities
with respect to gang prevention efforts.

13827.1.  There is within the Office of Emergency Services, the
following offices:
   (a) Director of the Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy. The
director shall report directly to the office of the Governor.
   (b) Chief Deputy Director of Gang and Youth Violence Policy.

13827.2.  The Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy shall
establish an Internet Web site, in coordination with the Office of
Emergency Services, that provides an Internet hyperlink to the
various grants administered by the Office of Emergency Services and
technical assistance on the process for applying for grants.


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