Gang Violence

Gangs are associations of three or more individuals who adopt a group identity in order to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation.

While being part of a gang is dangerous, escaping from a gang family may be even more so. Gangs typically don’t want members to leave because there’s a fear of betrayal – that they’ll expose what they know to law enforcement or even a rival gang. While getting out of gang life isn’t easy, it is possible with persistence, support and the right resources. Learn where to turn to break free of a gang in Stark County.

Resources for reporting gang violence

Victim/Witness Division of the Stark County Prosecutor's Office

Supporting victims of crimes in Stark County with information about all aspects of the prosecution as well as community referrals to health and social services.
110 Central Plz. S
Suite 510
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 451-7452
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Alliance Police Department

470 East Market St.
Alliance, OH 44601
Phone: (330) 821-9140
Dispatch: (330) 821-3131
Dispatch: (330) 821-3131
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Beach City Police Department

302 North Church St.
Beach City, OH 44608
Phone: (330) 756-2449
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canal Fulton Police Department

1165 Locust St. S
Canal Fulton, OH 44614
Phone: (330) 854-2211
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Canton Police Department

221 3rd St. SW
Canton, OH 44702
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Non-emergency: (330) 649-5800
Information: (330) 489-3100
Information: (330) 489-3100
Dispatch: (330) 489-3100
Dispatch: (330) 489-3100
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

East Canton Police Department

130 Cedar St. S
East Canton, OH 44730
Phone: (330) 488-9435
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Hartville Police Department

202 West Maple St.
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 877-2500
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Jackson Township Police Department

7383 Fulton Dr. NW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-1553
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Lawrence Township Police Department

5830 Manchester Ave. NW
North Lawrence, OH 44666
Directory: (330) 854-2096
Directory: (330) 854-2096
Dispatch: (330) 854-4114
Dispatch: (330) 854-4114
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Louisville Police Department

1150 West Main St.
Louisville, OH 44641
Phone: (330) 875-1607
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Magnolia Police Department

328 North Main St.
Magnolia, OH 44643
Phone: (330) 866-9434
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Marlboro Township Police Department

7344 Edison St. NE
Hartville, OH 44632
Phone: (330) 935-2338
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Massillon Police Department

2 James Duncan Plz.
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 832-9811
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Minerva Police Department

209 North Market St.
Suite B
Minerva, OH 44657
Phone: (330) 868-4177
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

North Canton Police Department

145 North Main St.
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: (330) 499-5911
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Perry Township Police Department

622 Genoa Ave. SW
Massillon, OH 44646
Phone: (330) 478-5121
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Stark County Sherriff’s Office

Serving Stark County and Waynesburg.
4500 Atlantic Blvd. NE
Canton, OH 44705
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Plain Township Police Department

Plain Township Police Department
Canton, OH 44702
Phone: (330) 430-3800
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Uniontown Police Department

1635 Edison St. NW
Uniontown, OH 44685
Phone: (330) 699-6444
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911

Wilmot Police Department

300 Massillon St.
Wilmot, OH 44689
Phone: (330) 830-4276
Emergency: 911
Emergency: 911
Pressure to join a gang

Is someone you know feeling pressure to join a local gang? Are you being enticed or maybe even threatened to become a recruit yourself? Even though gang involvement may seem like it provides safety, protection and a sense of belonging, the truth is that gangs are dangerous and can limit your future success. Remember, you do have a choice, and there’s a community of support behind you.

Boystown 

National hotline number and resources for teens in crisis. 

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

24/7 Phone #'s Call or text: 988 Chat on website: www.988lifeline.org Or call: 330-452-6000 

The new three-digit dialing code, 988 Lifeline, connects callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When you call, text or chat using the 988 Lifeline, you’re connected to trained counselors that are part of the 988 Lifeline network, made up of more than 200 local crisis centers. Counselors are trained to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.   If you need immediate, active medical intervention, call 911.   The 988 Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, across the United States.   Call or text: 988    Visit the website to chat or for more info.  (press 1 for Veterans support or 2 for Spanish speaking) 
Hotline: (330) 452-6000
Textline: Text 4hope to 741741
Gangs at school

Gang activity has been steadily increasing over the past 25 years, and in Stark County, our schools are no exception. In fact, gangs can affect any school – big or small, private or public, suburban or urban. Fortunately, local school officials are taking steps to control gang activity and making valuable contributions to reducing the problem in our community overall. Contact your local school district. 

Families affected by gangs

There are many risk factors that can contribute to adolescents joining a gang. Among them is a history of gang involvement in the family or violence in the home. However, resources and supports are available to help gang members and their families turn away from the gang lifestyle. If you suspect your child is involved in youth violence, look to local Stark County agencies for help.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 

Guide for families of youth at risk for gang involvement. 

Gang Involvement Prevention 

Resources and information to help prevent and respond to youth gang activity.  

National Gang Center 

News, information and frequently asked questions about gangs and violence.  

Prevention Institute: Preventing Violence

Resources from Prevention Institute about preventing violence.