The Tallahassee Police Department is committed to combating criminal street gangs and a Gang Response Unit (GRU), comprised of specially trained officers, was created in 2010. The Tallahassee Police Department's GRU is committed to aggressively targeting crimes and criminals who negatively impact the quality of life for our citizens.
The Gang Response Unit (GRU)
- Was established based on Florida Statute Chapter 874
- It monitors and prevents gang activity
- It partners with many regional youth oriented agencies
- It provides indicators of gang involvement to aid parents
The Tallahassee Police Department was instrumental in creating the North Florida Criminal Street Gang Work Group, a multi-agency task force, which meets frequently to share information. That’s because we realize that street gangs are not just a Tallahassee problem. The GRU has encountered members of not only the locally formed gangs but also some national and internationally identifiable gangs in Tallahassee and the surrounding area.
The GRU encourages all family members, parents, and school administrators to actively watch for any indicators of gang affiliation in their children and/or their children's friends. Those indicators may include: graffiti style tags on clothing or notebooks, the use of intricate hand signs and signals, wearing of specific color schemes and avoidance of other specific color schemes, hanging out with a new group of friends who dress alike, loiter in, and/or commit crimes together in a certain area, and of course claiming gang affiliation.
TPD's Gang Response Unit can be contacted via phone by calling (850) 891-4200, or by email.
If you are interested in learning more about street gangs, please visit the Florida Department of Corrections' website.