Utah documentary helping law enforcement combat latest gang trends

Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-22 19:07:11-04

SANDY, Utah - A local documentary is spotlighting how football is reaching the Polynesian community to help erase gang activity.

The documentary is helping officers understand and combat the latest local and national gang trends.

Directors of the film, "In Football We Trust," say it's not a movie about gangs but instead shows Polynesian teens can get caught up in the lifestyle and how their culture and home life shape their decisions.

Organizers of the Utah Gang Conference said they felt compelled to show the Sundance film to this particular audience made up of law enforcement, educators and community groups.

They said they hope those who attended are open-minded and can gain a better understanding of why these teens turn to gangs.

The film follows four rising local high school football stars and their families.

Each is eyeing an NFL career but gangs, poverty, culture and faith collide with their dreams.

More than 600 people attended the conference and were able to join in workshops dealing with the number of various gangs across Utah.

They looked at how gangs are recruiting new members and the resources available for families and teens who want out of gangs.