A six-hour course, designed to teach the identifying traits of gangs, is open to the public.
The Mississippi County Juvenile office requested the training made possible by the Criminal Justice Institute.
"We need it. We have children who are running rampant," Lt. Charles Middlebrook of the Blytheville Police Department said. "We do have street gangs in Blytheville, but with no national known significance."
The Street Gang Awareness course is designed to familiarize participants with street gangs.
Items discussed will include criminal activity relating to street gangs, gang identifiers, intelligence gathering related to street gangs and other non-traditional groups.
"We have problems such as robbery going on," Lt. Middlebrook said. "What we're trying to do is get law enforcement involved. We want to get all the community leaders involved. We want school officials to come because they deal with the children there."
The Street Gang Awareness course is free.
It runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 14 at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville.
To register go to www.cji.edu or fax a course registration form to 501-565-3081.
The class has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education for 6 hours of professional development for educators.
To find our more information, contact Vicki French at 501-570-8098.
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