Police yesterday appealed to Sikhs in Birmingham to help them in the fight against gangs within their community.
Detective Superintendent Adrian Bowers called on people to engage in "dialogue" with local officers who need information.
The detective said the force was already gaining intelligence on black and other Asian gangs, but there were few people in the Sikh community helping officers.
The calls were made at a Birmingham conference exploring the Sikh community's response to issues surrounding drugs, guns, knives and gangs.
The Building Support, Providing Inspiration conference, which was held at the Nishkam Civic Association centre in Soho Road, Handsworth, was attended by community leaders, support workers and officials from the voluntary sector.
Det Supt Bowers told the conference: "There is an issue with gangs and to deal with that we have dialogue with quite a few of them.
"There might be ethical issues around this because they are involved in crime. But we want to stop this crime so we have to use all the approaches.
"I want to stop violence, kidnapping and drugs so we need to have these contacts.
"But I do not think we have this understanding or these contacts within the Sikh community that we would like.
"The aim is to increase the peace, and take it from me that our success in relationship to the black gangs is becoming obvious, as it is with the Asian gangs. But with the Sikh community we still need help.
"There is an offer for you, whichever way you want to take it. Let there be some dialogue."
Dilbagh Dhami, chief executive of the Nishkam Civic Association, said the Sikh community wanted to discuss its problems so they would not be "swept under the carpet".
He said another concern for Sikhs was alcohol abuse as there was a large proportion of men dying from liver disease at an early age.
The issues of drunkenness at Sikh weddings and the increase in shopkeepers being attacked by booze-fuelled yobs were also discussed.
Mr Dhami said Sikh leaders had to encourage the younger generation to integrate more fully through the teaching of historical links between Sikh and British people.