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 here.

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