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Gang Intervention Unit

The Gang Intervention Unit has a unique role within the San Diego Police Department and the community of San Diego. Officers are involved in educating youth about the dangers of gang involvement and aims to reduce juvenile gang initiation and participation through community engagement and other strategies. Learn more about gangs.

Juveniles are generally indoctrinated into gang life at a young age. Our experienced Gang Unit is here to help navigate the influence gangs may have on your life, your child's life or our communities.



Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Programs and Services

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program

The G.R.E.A.T. program is intended to help with delinquency, deter youth violence and gang membership. Officers work with elementary and middle schools throughout San Diego to provide this educational opportunity.

After School and Summer Sports Programs

The Gang Intervention Unit partners with local fitness and sports programs to teach young San Diegans sports skills such as soccer, basketball and baseball. This builds confidence and encourages youth to stay healthy and active.

Youth Boxing Program

SDPD partners with a local boxing gym to offer a free boxing program for youth ages 14-18, who are ready to make changes to their lives and are committed to a team environment. Training takes place three days per week and the Gang Intervention Unit provides transportation to and from classes. Many of the participants of this program have successfully completed their education and found employment.

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo removal is an integral part of leaving behind gang life. In collaboration with the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, SDPD assists individuals in removing their tattoos for free. An interview is needed prior to acceptance into the program. This program is also open to victims of Human Trafficking.

One-on-One Mentorship

One on one mentorship and program referral is available with one of SDPD’s experienced gang intervention officers. These officers have access to many community organizations that can assist youth with finding success and achieving their goals.

Families in Motion

Family input is essential, and we encourage participation from parents and guardians in any intervention program, including our Families in Motion classes that run for five weeks, multiple times per year.

Families in Motion covers topics such as teen DUI, drugs, gang life, violence and mental health. We have lived experience panelists who provide an insight into gang life and the reality of that chosen path.

Juveniles are generally indoctrinated into gang life by the age of twelve. Our experienced team is here to help and answer any questions regarding the influence of gangs in the life of your child.