The program begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Police Training Center at 708 W. Milam St. and will continue until 8 p.m.
Patrolman Greg Baron has been compiling information on local street gangs whose members are elementary and secondary school students.
“These are not high school kids and adults,” Baron said. “That’s why this is such a hot topic. This is for adults only,” Baron said.
He will be joined by Sgt. Roland Rodriguez and Patrolman John Berry in presenting the information.
Baron said the local gangs go by names like 361, 5-Star Bloods, South Side Locals 13 and Insane Clown Posse. They are involved in drug activity, burglaries, auto burglaries, thefts, vandalizing homes and businesses and some have even been connected to a recent spate of brush fires within the city.
“We’ve made some key arrests,” Baron assured parents.
Gang leaders have been identified, arrested and sent away, thanks to information the BPD has acquired recently.
“They are no longer in town,” the officer said of some of the leaders. But the gangs are still here.
The officers who are scheduled to speak at the seminar will offer information on what to look for when parents and teachers are trying to identify gang members.
Those signs include things like tattoos, graffiti and other methods that gang members use to identify themselves.
The seminar is free and Police Chief Joe Treviño said he is hoping for a strong turnout from community members.