An unusual opportunity to hear a professional program on street gang activity will be offered Tuesday afternoon, April 14, at the Southwest Area Career Center at Monett.
David Starbuck, president of the Missouri Chapter of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, will be the speaker. The Monett Police Department is sponsoring the event, which will include a question and answer session for the public.
"Missouri Street Gangs" will provide an overview of current street gang activity in Missouri with emphasis on trends in southwest Missouri. Starbuck will offer suggestions on the recognition and early detection of gang activity in a community including graffiti, tattoos and other trends.
Monett Police officers will be on hand to answer questions. Information will be tailored for educators, parents or any concerned citizens.
Starbuck is a nationally known trainer on the topic of street gangs and currently consults for the Department of Justice and National Youth Gang Center. He was a 29- year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department, where he set up and organized the gang unit for that agency.
The session will run from 2 to 5 p.m. Additional information is available by contacting Police Chief Tim Schweder at 417-235-4241.