The Family Awareness and Community Teamwork (FACT) is a gang prevention program of the Oklahoma City Police Department that targets youth ages 10-17. The program is sponsored by the Leadership Foundation of Oklahoma, a 501(c)3 organization focused on equipping the community to make a difference in the lives of at-risk youth in Oklahoma City. The officers assigned to this Unit believe through early intervention we can help youth fight the pressure of gangs, and involvement in juvenile delinquency. The officers also mentor the youth for the purpose of instilling good character traits/life skills through positive learning opportunities.
Gang Interventions: FACT officers gather background information on youth referred to the program and set up a time and meeting place to address specific gang or delinquency concerns with the youth and his/her family. The goal is to offer positive options for change. Interventions often reveal real consequences to the youth and family that weren’t previously known or recognized. Officers conduct these interventions in plain clothes in an attempt to quickly build rapport and trust with the youth and family, so the positive options that will be shared will be considered with an open mind and without fear the intervention is an actual criminal investigation.
Character Building (Movie Nights): An important goal of the FACT program is to instill good character traits and life skills lessons through positive learning opportunities. Character building/Movie nights are held weekly for those youth who have joined the program. The purpose of these weekly events is to expose the youth to a different perspective other than a lifestyle of gangs, delinquency and other negative community norms. The FACT Unit also provide presentations for community groups interested in gang awareness education.