Gang Unit

The Santa Ana Police Department's Gangs Section is comprised of experienced detectives dedicated to preventing and suppressing gang activity throughout the city.

The Gang Section has developed a departmental gang strategy that incorporates a multidimensional approach using the interactive components of:

  • Enforcement
  • Suppression
  • Prevention
  • Intelligence Gathering
  • Reintegration

Members of the Gang Unit, known as the S.T.O.P. Team (Street Terrorist Offender Project), focus their attention on the suppression of illegal gang activities through aggressive street-level enforcement, intelligence gathering,  aggressive prosecution, and the development of gang expertise.

The Santa Ana Police Department's Gang Unit is part of a Tri-Agency Resource / Gang Enforcement Team (T.A.R.G.E.T.) that is compromised of Santa Ana Police Detectives, Orange County Gang Probation Officers, and prosecutors from the Orange County District Attorney's Office.  The TARGET concept is a highly specialized team approach focusing on the most hardcore, violent, repeat gang offenders.

How to tell if your child is in a gang, A Parent Quick Reference Guide


One of the most effective means of curbing gang violence is to keep potential gang recruits from joining a gang in the first place. For information on how to discourage children from joining gangs click English or Spanish.

If you have information to report regarding gang activity, call (714) 245-8648. 

Gang Unit