Gang Unit

The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Gang Task Force is an investigative unit formed through a partnership between the Evansville Police Department and the Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office. The gang task force is staffed by one sergeant, two detectives, a prosecutor and an investigator.   

What is a Criminal Street Gang?

Indiana State Statute 35-45-9-1 defines a criminal gang as a group with at least three members that specifically: (1) either: (A) promotes, sponsors, or assists in; or (B) participates in; or (2) requires as a condition of membership or continued membership; the commission of a felony or an act that would be a felony if committed by an adult or the offense of battery (IC 35-42-2-1).

How do you report gang activity?

If you want to report suspicious behavior in reference to gang activity please call the Evansville Police Department Gang Unit:

Phone: 812-435-5186

 What are some typical pre-gang behaviors?

Gang involvement does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process and if you are alert you will see warning signs.

  • Poor progress or achievement in school
  • Truancy from school
  • Lack of hobbies or too much leisure time
  • Frequent contact with authority figures or police
  • Draws gang insignias/symbols/signs
  • Problems at home
  • Lives in neighborhood where gangs already exist
  • Friends are gang members or dressing down or sagging and bagging in gang attire
  • Begins dressing in traditional gang clothes

These items are characteristic of gang involvement. However, some people who join or associate with gangs do not dress in the traditional attire and do not exhibit conspicuous behavior
to show their gang involvement. Parents must be aware of the behavior and activities of their children. Continual monitoring of behavior and positive verbal communication between parents and young people is a must for gang membership prevention



What do you do about gang graffiti?


Remember the four (4) R’s…Read it, Record it, Report it and Remove it!

If gang graffiti is left, it can become very dangerous.  Graffiti can indicate a threat against a rival gang or a specific person.  The Graffiti must be read and interpreted for danger signals.  Second, the graffiti should be documented and photographed.  Then a police report should be made for tracking purposes.  Finally, studies show that the best graffiti prevention strategy is immediate removal. Lingering graffiti gives prospective graffiti vandals the wrong message that graffiti is welcome on the property.


Click link to report graffiti complaints:  Citizen Concern Portal »

(Instructions:  Follow link.  Click open a new concern.  Choose either to report anonymous or complete form.  Select graffiti from category and police from department.  Then submit your tip.)


Graffiti Removal Tips

If you are the victim of graffiti vandalism, if possible, remove it within in 24-48 hours. It is recommended to remove the graffiti prior to painting to ensure that the graffiti does not bleed through the paint.  See the provided Graffiti Removal PDF for several removal methods.


Graffiti Removal.pdf »


Valspar paint and Lowes of Evansville (East and West side stores) support the fight against graffiti by donating primer with the purchase of paint.  A police report will be necessary to qualify for the above program.  Contact the below detectives for more details.


Email case number to Detectives Wilkerson or C. Thomas @: