Over twenty years ago the law enforcement agencies of Sonoma County joined forces to combat gang violence in our communities. In 1994 the first task force, dubbed "MAGNET", took to the streets to specifically target enforcement activities toward known gang members who were committing crimes. This multi agency team worked throughout the county, regardless of agency jurisdictions. These initial task force operations were for a specific time period. After each operational period a dramatic decrease in gang activity was seen after a few months the activity would rise again.
In 1997, the Sonoma County Chief's Association agreed to make this effort a full time task force. Although not all agencies still participate, the majority does by either committing a member of their agency to the task force or by funding the task forces activities. Currently the task force consists of:
One Deputy Sheriff Sergeant from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
Two Officers from the California Highway Patrol
Two Deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
Two Officers from Sonoma County Probation.
Agencies that assist with funding:
Cloverdale Police Department
Healdsburg Police Department
Windsor Police Department
Sebastopol Police Department
Cotati Police Department
Sonoma Police Department
Sonoma State University Police Department
Santa Rosa Junior College Police Department
Petaluma Police Department
Links to Gang Resources:
WWW.CGIAONLINE.ORG (California Gang Investigations Association)
WWW.NAGIA.ORG (National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association)
WWW.OJJDP.GOV (Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)
WWW.SAFESTATE.ORG (Attorney General's Crime and Violence Prevention Center)