Police and probation officers use two words to describe their jobs, to protect and to serve. Not only do they put their lives in danger every day, but also help the community in more ways than one. Some ways that police and probation officers can help lower gang violence is by implementing laws more accordingly, establishing a relationship with troubled youth, and creating programs that benefit their well-being.
The root of gang violence all begins at home and then spreads. A troubled teen may be lacking the love and attention from their parent whether it is because they work too much, or simply do not care. Then, the teen will result attending school and will begin to find that comfort in places that they can feel stability. According to Ramsey, Rust, and Sobel “girls tend to become involved in gangs for prosocial reasons […] [such as] robbery, […] shoplifting, and prostitution [while] male gang members tend to be involved in activities such as drug dealing and fighting.” Most people involved in gang activities can feed off a person’s vulnerability and use that to convince a person that it is ok to commit crimes. Finally, that teen will remain in that life style and probably involve others or can get out, but surely be affected by the past for the rest of their lives.
In order to stop gang violence, police and probation officers have to be willing to put effort first. According to Seattle Times staff reporters, “In Seattle, a surveillance video aired on the Internet show[ed] a teenage girl on a subway platform in late January  viciously kicking another girl in the head as security personnel nearby [took] no action.” Members of the community need to know that they can feel safe walking down a street or subway without getting beaten for any reason. If officers implement a zero tolerance for gang activity, then it could potentially be stopped. Our officers need to be trained more thoroughly to not look the other way when someone needs help. They need to have the initiative to know that something must be done. This makes it necessary to review every single officer we allow to wear a badge.
We now see other ways that officers can put the law to better use in other areas where gang violence could potentially take place. Too many kids are bringing guns and knives to school and with recent incidents that have happened around the country more and more students believe bringing their own weapons to defend themselves is the answer. It should not matter whether it is an elementary, junior high, high school, or colleges/university, police officers should always be on duty in the case that someone tries to harm other students. This also is crucial when teens and children are bringing drugs into schools and campuses. Police officers for many years now have brought drug sniffing dogs into the schools and sure enough always find something in someone’s locker. Perhaps doing this more periodically can allow officers and schools to stop those teens...