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News Release

Friday, January 9, 2004

Media Relations

The FBI And LAPD Co-Host Gang Violence Meeting

January 11-12, 2004


The FBI’s Office of Law Enforcement Coordination and the Los Angeles Police Department are co-hosting a two-day meeting to recognize, discuss and define issues regarding gang violence and its effect on society nationwide. The meeting will be comprised of eleven chiefs of police representing major cities throughout the United States, Special Agents of the FBI in charge of those respective cities, heads of various federal agencies, as well as FBI executives from the FBI’s Headquarters in Washington D.C. The participants will be assigned to working groups to identify and develop strategies with regard to specific issues of concern including the following:

  • The development of a uniform national definition of gang crime.
  • Develop a message to define the scope of gang crime in the United States.
  • Develop a framework for a national strategy with respect to gang crime and violence.
  • Determine the roll of local, state and federal governments.
  • Define methods to coordinate local, state and federal resources to target gang crime and violence.
  • Develop strategies to address "displacement of gangs" caused by enforcement.
  • Define the roll the FBI will have working with local law enforcement in the area of gang crime and violence.
  • The following cities will be represented by the FBI: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, San Antonio, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

    The following cities will be represented by their respective police agencies: Boston, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Aurora, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; San Antonio, Texas; San Francisco, California; and Washington, D.C.

    The meeting will be facilitated by Dr. Ellen M. Scrivner, PHD, Consultant, FBI Headquarters, Office of Law Enforcement Communication. Opening remarks will be made by William J. Bratton, Chief of Police, Los Angeles, California; Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff, Los Angeles County, California; Louis F. Quijas, Assistant Director, Office of Law Enforcement Coordination(OLEC), FBI Headquarters and Grant D. Ashley, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigative Division, FBI Headquarters.

    Speakers at the conference include representatives from the FBI; Office of Juvenile Justice; the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods; Boston Re-Entry Program; the FBI’s Violent Crimes Intelligence Unit; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, State of California, Sacramento, California.

    Representatives from the following agencies are invited as observers: U.S. DOJ’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS); United States Attorney’s Office; Central District of California, Los Angeles, California; Indian Country Sub-Section, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the LAPD.

    The meeting will be held at the Los Angeles "Downtown" Marriott Hotel, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California, 213-617-1133. The meeting will be held in the Caucus Room.


    The media is invited to attend the following:

  • Opening remarks on Sunday, 1/11/04 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
  • Closing remarks on Monday, 1/12/04 from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Following the closing remarks, the conference attendees will attend a briefing where the media will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions and to interview conference attendees individually. Interviews must be coordinated with the following representatives from the host agencies, both of whom will be at the hotel:

    FBI: Media Coordinator/Supervisory Special Agent Matthew McLaughlin; 310-996-3341 or 310-345-8130 (Sunday, January 11, 2004).

    LAPD: Public Information Director Mary Grady; 213-485-3205 (Monday, January 12, 2004)