Gang members arrested during gang suppression sweep in Rialto.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – The latest gang statistics for the second quarter of 2014 have been compiled by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Statistics for the quarter of April 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014, show that 162 cases were filed from all divisions. There were 110 state prison commitments obtained with a total of 1,928 years of state prison. Ninety-nine gang enhancements were found true and 12 were found guilty by jury trial.
Since the Gang Program’s inception in July 2005, 8,855 cases have been filed; 2 on death row; 4,934 state prison commitments; 38,683 + 257 life terms years in state prison; 2,351 gang enhancements have been found true and 340 were found guilty by jury trial.
“I have made the investigation and prosecution of criminal gang members in San Bernardino County a top priority, and I will continue to do so alongside our partners in law enforcement," District Attorney Michael Ramos said. "From the senseless murders to the drive-by-shootings and drug trafficking we see on our streets across the county, we will continue to chip away at the gang infrastructure by prosecuting this criminal behavior to the fullest extent of the law.”
- In 2009, DA Ramos was invited to speak at the White House and present our Gang Protocol.
- The Gang Unit (countywide) currently consists of 20 attorneys, 3 Victim Advocates, 3 Investigators, and 7 clerical positions.
- Investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office participate in the county-wide specialized Inland Empire taskforce known as SMASH (San Bernardino Movement Against Street Hoodlums).
- Last year, as part of the California Witness Relocation and Assistance Program (CalWRAP), our office assisted in the relocation of 48 total witnesses and family members from 18 cases.
- Fifteen of those cases were gang-related.
- In one notable case, a witness had just finished hosting a children’s party at his house when a confrontation involving two gang members occurred outside the residence. During the confrontation, the witness—who is not a gang member or someone who even associates with gang members—was shot in the stomach and then struck in the head repeatedly with a handgun.
- In 2007, District Attorney Ramos launched the Gang Injunction Unit (GIU) as another phase of the countywide crackdown on gangs.
- There are currently five permanent injunctions in the cities of Rialto, Colton, Adelanto and Rancho Cucamonga. To see a listing of each injunction and download maps of the Safety Areas, visit http://ow.ly/zsO8F
- For a listing of recent High Profile gang cases and booking photos, visit: http://ow.ly/zsONG
- In San Bernardino County, we are taking steps with our partners in education to keep kids in school and out of trouble, and out of gangs. One such program is the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP).
- GRIP has a presence in the Rialto Unified, Rancho Cucamonga and High Desert school districts. To date, there have been over 3,300 graduates countywide.
- For more information visit: http://ow.ly/zsOBN
Students in the Rialto Unified School District show off their GRIP certificates.