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Coastal Gets Tough on School Gangs with New Training Program

Virginia Beach, VA – January 8, 2010Coastal Training Technologies has released Gang Awareness In Schools: Know The Signs, a new training course that will help schools reduce gang activity, protect their staff members and students and secure their facilities.

During the 2007–2008 school year, 35% of public middle schools and 43% of public high schools reported gang activities, according to the Indicators of School Safety and Crime 2009. Gang Awareness In Schools: Know The Signs responds to schools' vital need to reverse the impact that gangs have had in instilling intimidation, violence and crime in schools.

The program keeps school staff well informed and well prepared against this threat. It explains the nature of gangs and outlines measures that can help counteract, if not eliminate, their influence.

Gang Awareness In Schools: Know The Signs gives a general profile of gang life – how they form, spread and operate. It trains viewers to recognize the types of gangs, identify the levels and symptoms of gang involvement, and recognize a typical gang's signs, symbols and activities.

By how illustrating how gangs operate, the program helps schools curtail their influence and protect staff and students. It helps them develop intervention strategies, which include rapport building among students, security checks, documentation and enrichment activities.

The Gang Awareness In Schools: Know The Signs training DVD can be previewed for FREE for 7 days. To order, just call 800-695-0756, fax 703-373-2864, e-mail or visit

A DuPont company, Coastal Training Technologies Corp. is one of the world's leading publishers of safety, industrial skills and employee development training programs for education, healthcare, business, industry and government. Since 1984, more than 200,000 training professionals have relied on Coastal's award-winning products to enrich the lives of more than 50 million employees worldwide.

Jenni Rafalski

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