We work hard to prevent gang-related crime and violence in Calgary, but we need your help.
What is a gang?
According to the Criminal Code of Canada, a gang is an ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more individuals, whether formal or informal, which is involved in criminal activity or suspected criminal activity on a regular basis. Most gangs in Calgary are made up of young adults but even elementary-aged children can be recruited.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- Typically, Calgary gangs do not wear uniforms or colors.
- Gangs usually do not have a particular area of the city they call their "turf" - they operate city-wide and in every community.
- Generally, gangs do not "advertise" with graffiti.
- Gangs are usually involved in selling drugs, including crack cocaine, ecstasy, crystal meth and marijuana. Other crimes may involve credit card skimming and weapons-related offences.
- Gangs use violence to enhance their position and reputation to further their criminal enterprises.
Reporting gang activity
Contact our Gang Help Line at 403-428-8191 if you or someone you know needs help getting out of a gang. You can also call the Kids Help Phone for free and confidential counselling.
If you're involved in an emergency situation, contact 9-1-1. Otherwise, report gang activity online or by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
Information on gangs
If you're interested in learning more about gangs, visit one of these pages: