Information about Gangs in the Northstate

Gangs are usually formed according to ethnic, racial or economic reasons. Traditional gangs may be structured along ethnic lines (Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, etc.), but are not always exclusively ethnicity or race-specific.

Criminal street gangs are three or more people who form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in violent, unlawful, or criminal activity. A gang may or may not claim control over a certain territory in the community. Gangs are usually formed according to social, economic or racial reasons.

Gangs thrive on intimidation and notoriety. They often find violence glamorous, and consider it necessary to maintain status. The person who is the toughest, has the most weapons, or has the most money may rise as the leader.

Shasta Anti-Gang Enforcement Task Force (SAGE)

The RPD Gang Unit, along with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and the California Highway Patrol have joined forces to form the Shasta Anti-Gang Enforcement task force. They work diligently to help reduce the ability of gangs to gain a foothold in our area.

The gang investigators have investigated local gang members’ involvement in several shootings, armed robberies, stabbings, and other violent assaults. Prison gangs have a significant impact on our local gang members, and SAGE investigators frequently contact parolees and probationers known to be involved in these gangs.

Some Signs of Possible Gang Involvement:

  • Changes in routine behavior & lifestyle
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Truancy from school, and/or declining grades
  • Changes in friends & social activities
  • Possession of cash or property, without logical explanation
  • Gang-related art in their living space or on their possessions
  • Gang-related clothing or colors