Validating Orange County's Contribution to the National Youth Gang Survey Using the Gang Incident Tracking System

Katie J.B. Parsons, University of California, Irvine
James W. Meeker, University of California, Irvine

ABSTRACT
The NYGS (National Youth Gang Survey) represents the best current efforts to track gang crime across the nation from 1996 to 2000. This study represents an attempt to validate this survey with an independent law enforcement database. Orange County, California has been involved in a cooperative effort to collect data on gang incidents from 1994 to date (GITS, Gang Incident Tracking System). Police departments in 17 cities and the County Sheriff's Department have been participating in GITS and the NYGS. This study will analyze the trends indicated by the two databases to explore their similarities and differences.

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