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State of the Police - Fraternities and Gangs-the Similarities

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This show takes a look at the similarities between street gangs and university fraternities. The street gangs are considered criminal and the fraternities prestigious. Why when they both do so close to the same thing and when both are often involved in criminal enterprise? This is because social class determined a person chosing a "gang" vs. a fraternity to some extent. Fraternities on our college campuses are often dealt with differently than street gangs even though they are a lot alike in terms of the crimes they commit. The lack of criminological literature on elite criminal organizations such as fraternities and the hidden impacts they have on society is something rarely discussed.

The research for this show comes largely from a paper written by Daniel Tennant for California Poltytechnic State University where he used personal interviews with both street gang and fraternity members. We will also include research from experts on street gangs and correlate that with a lot of the activities of fraternities across the country. Because this is a training program we will also include social theories that help explain why one person may be in a fraternity where his neighbor down the block may end up in an organized street gang. There is a fair amount of gang evolution which is included as well to help our trainees better understand the background of gangs in the United States. 

This training program is a public service of The American Public Safety Training Institute found at www.tapsti.org