July 8, 2014 1:41 pm

New Calgary police website to help gang members get out

A Calgary Police Service cruiser in front of police headquarters.

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CALGARY – Police have launched a new website which offers assistance and advice for gang members who want out of the dangerous lifestyle.

The website is part of a new initiative, called Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention or ‘GRIP.’

Officials say GRIP focuses on raising awareness, providing access to resources and cultivating tips about gang activity.

It replaces their previous program called ‘Get a Life,’ and offers a number of options for those wanting to contact gang investigators, including a dedicated Gang Helpline.

Police say their new website is a ‘one stop shop’ for people who have questions or concerns about gang crime in Calgary.

The site also highlights several CPS partner programs available to youth who are at-risk of joining gang life, including Start Smart Stay Safe and the Youth at Risk Development Program (YARD).

“Leaving gang life is not always easy,” states a news release from Calgary police. “There is often pressure to stay and penalties for getting out.”

“Gangs are very much a part of the larger world of organized crime. They are regularly involved in a wide array of criminal activity ranging from theft and fraud to drug trafficking and murder.”

Gang Helpline: 403-428-8191

Email officers with questions or tips: CPSGrip@calgarypolice.ca.

GRIP website: www.cpsgrip.com.