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Gangs and gang activity

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: