Captain Christopher Ankeny
In 1984, the Gang Diversion Unit was formed to combat the growing gang activity and their involvement in drug sales. The unit was instrumental in identifying the makeup and characteristics of the various gangs and used that information to educate other officers. The Gang Diversion Unit is now known as the Gang Crimes Bureau and is part of the LVMPD's Investigative Services Division.
The Gang Crimes Bureau is currently responsible for the monitoring, analysis, and dissemination of gang related incidents, gang intelligence, and gang related crimes.
- Serve as a liaison to the community and to other law enforcement agencies;
- Investigate gang related crimes;
- Assist other units, detectives, and outside agencies with gang related cases;
- Direct gang members or gang affiliates to diversion programs;
- Provide gang awareness training for community groups, the police academy, in-service police training; and,
- Coordinate the valley’s graffiti reduction efforts.
It is the policy of this department to protect the Las Vegas community by reducing criminal street gang activity through the implementation of proven and creative strategies of enforcement, investigation, intelligence, community outreach and education. As such the LVMPD Gang Crimes Bureau has adopted the following Notification and Review process.
- If the subject is a juvenile (and it is the first time he is being Field Interviewed), a home visit will be conducted by member(s) of the Gang Crimes Bureau Prevention/Intervention Section. The home visit will provide notice to the subject, parent/guardian and will assist in determining the validity of such designation. More importantly it will identify individuals willing to accept assistance, services and mentoring opportunities in an effort to prevent/intervene future gang activities.
- Juvenile subjects may be removed from the Gang Intelligence System if they demonstrate that they are no longer or never have been involved in criminal gang activity. Evidence of such change includes, but is not limited to: marriage/family life, continued education, employment, service to civic or church groups, testimony of credible person(s) within the community, and information developed by the Gang Unit.
- Any subject designated as a suspected gang member, associate, or affiliate, may submit written documentation to the Gang Crimes Bureau contesting the designation. If the person is over 18 years of age (and being Field Interviewed for the first time), the department shall provide written notice to the person’s last known address of the designation and the basis for the designation. An adult individual will be given an opportunity to object to the designation, or may request clarification. Requests of this nature must be made in writing to the Gang Crimes Bureau by completing a Gang Database Removal Request form. This form can be obtained at LVMPD Police Records Bureau, any open to the public Area Command, and on the LVMPD Website. The Gang Crimes Bureau shall review the documentation. Reviews will be completed on a case by case basis and final approval will be authorized by a committee consisting of the Gang Crimes Bureau Commander, GCB Administrative Lieutenant, members of the Gang Crimes Bureau Prevention team and the Gang Intelligence System Administrator. The committee shall provide the person a decision within 60 days of submission of the written documentation contesting the designation.
The Gang Crime Bureau can be reached at 702-828-3309