Ron "Cook" Barrett
New York | Gang Prevention
Areas of Expertise
Current Agency: City of Albany
Facebook: NYS Gang Prevention
"Cook", as he is knows to the youth of New York, has been involved with inner-city kids for over 27 years.
He has been the gang prevention specialist with the city of Albany, New York since 1999 where implemented the Capital Region Gang Prevention Program and Gang Prevention Center, which was recognized by the National Crime Research Center in Chicago, Illinois as an exemplary program in 2001.
The mission of the program is to coordinate the comprehensive mechanism to reduce gang-related crime and deter youth from joining gangs. To meet this goal, the center has implemented prevention, intervention, and suppression program partnerships with law enforcement, county justice agencies, school's, youth service providers and the public. The office coordinates county and citywide anti-gang efforts, including gathering and sharing information on gang activity, gang prevention programming, and direct intervention with gang members, education and gang awareness workshops.
He is a dynamic speaker who is a lecturer for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN), and the East Coast Gang Investigators Association (ECGIA). He has presented for numerous gang investigator associations including New York, New Jersey, Ontario, Colorado, Northern California, Midwest, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Virginia, Utah, International Latino, and others. He has trained over 15,000 law enforcement offices and has also presented to over 20,000 youth, providing numerous seminars nationally and internationally, educating communities and law enforcement agencies on identifying and preventing gangs and their effects on the community.
He was presented with the 2001 FBI Director's Community Leadership Awarded, given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New York State Governor's Dr. King Leadership Award 2004, the 2008 New Jersey Gang Investigator's Association award for his Outstanding Prevention and Intervention efforts, the 2009 New York State Department of Health Affirmative Action Advisory Committee Service and Leadership Award, the 2010 Lasallian Service Award for his outstanding contribution through community service and the 2013 YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Award
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