Organizational Structures of a Gang

OrganizationalStructures of a Gang

Agang entails a group of individuals who share a common identity orpurpose. The common identity can be based on ethnicity, religion,class and culture. Formation of gangs started some time backincluding gambling, extortion among other ordeals.

Differencesamong gang organizations

Thoughmost gangs share certain aspects, they differ in terms of structureand identity. For instance, some gangs adopt an institutionalizedapproach i.e. organization is intricate enough to endure alterationsin leadership. Once the gang is institutionalized, they can adapt inany environment and continue with their undertakings.Institutionalized gangs formed as a result of resistance, tend toreact against political, socioeconomic oppression or perceivedethnic. Such groups are not easily eliminated through force. Thepsychological make-up of street gangs tend to differ withinstitutionalized gangs [ CITATION Amy10 l 1033 ].

Gangsize factors into organization and hierarchy

Gangsare mostly comprised of closely related friends with internalorganization, identifiable leadership, identifying with each otherclaiming territorial control over certain communities. Members areoften asked to test their commitment through acts of violence ortheft. The sizes of gangs tend to differ in accordance the identityfactor. For instance, terrorists have similar aspirations and sinceit is international, it entails a wider group of individuals. Thesame can be said of drug cartels [ CITATION Amy10 l 1033 ].

Comparisonof local, regional and super-sized gangs

Localgangs mainly cover counties and are most endemic in some areas morethan others. Regional gangs cover a wider scope and may be involvedwith drug trafficking across neighboring borders. In that respect,the local and regional gangs can be dealt with, through long-termproactive measures as well as intervention strategies. Proactiveinvestigations of the whole group is a suitable way law enforcers useto deal with them. Super-sized gangs require different approaches.The groups may include international criminals such as terrorist. Inthat respect, the best approach to deal with such groups includereactive mechanisms. This entails directly combating them andprosecuting individual members of the gang [ CITATION Amy10 l 1033 ].


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