One of the key criticisms made against the gang policy that DPS implemented, was that it was too vague in it’s specifications for what “clothing, items or behavior” actually constitute gang affiliation. Because gang signs, symbols, colors and language change regularly to confuse authorities, police involved in gang investigation must continuously update the list of what symbols represent what gangs. This was taken into account following the settlement of the lawsuit, and was used to shape the revised policy that was written by the DPS Board of Education. The new policy had to include a regularly updated list of what behavior was representative of a gang, as well as links to other sources (such as police reports) that could provide more detailed information.
The following identifiers are for the ‘Bloods’, which is one of the more prevalent gangs in Durham. For more detailed information on Bloods symbols and other gangs, check out this report, published by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General.