Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
September 4, 2003
– The 4th Annual Ohio Conference on Gangs and the 9th
Annual National Major Gang Task Force Conference will unite with one mission
from September 7th – 10th in Cincinnati at The
Millennium/ Four Points Sheraton Hotel. Law
enforcement officials, prosecutors and state corrections personnel will come
together to network and share in the latest techniques that deal with gang
prevention and identification. This
conference is being co-sponsored by Attorney General Jim Petro’s Office, the
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC), the Ohio Department of
Youth Services (DYS) and the Office of Criminal Justice Services.
community is immune from gang activity. Besides
being within Ohio’s prisons and jails, gangs can be found in nearly every
community in Ohio. These agencies
will be joining forces in combating gang activity and its impact on the quality
of life for Ohioans.
is very important to have partnerships and utilize a team approach when dealing
with security threat groups. Terrorism
and threats from gangs can only be contained and controlled when law enforcement
partners with various agencies to cripple their threats,” stated DRC Director
Reginald A. Wilkinson.
best way to stop gang activity is prevention and we can only do that by
educating kids in school early,” said Attorney General Jim Petro.
“By bringing all these working groups together for a time of sharing
and learning, we hope to provide them with the tools they need to stay on top of
the threat they incur.”
the juvenile corrections system in Ohio, we are confronted with gang activity at
it’s initial stages,” said Geno Natalucci-Persichetti, Director of DYS.
“These partnerships will enable Ohio to continue it’s cutting edge
approach in dealing with gang activity in the state,” he added.
to be discussed at the conference will include:
more information about the National Major Gang Task Force Conference, please
contact Andrea Dean at the DRC Public Information Office at (614) 752-1150, or
contact Michelle Gatchell at Attorney General Jim Petro’s Office at (614)
466-3840, Ann Liotta, Department of Youth Services, at (614) 728-9319, or Erin
O’Donnell at the Office of Criminal Justice Services at (614) 466-1830.
Directions to the Site (From Columbus):
I-71 South to the Reading Road/ Gilbert Avenue exit. Take Reading Road South which turns into Central Parkway.
Follow Central Parkway to Walnut Street and turn left.
Follow Walnut Street to 4th Street and turn right.
Follow 4th Street to Elm Street and turn right.
Follow Elm Street to 5th Street and turn right.
The hotel is located on the left corner of 5th Street and Elm