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"10 Years On the Line" is the factual account of Mike Ligon's 10 years as an immigration, customs and border officer. It illuminates and places a critical...

https://www.policemag.com/374006/the-bite-of-illegal-immigrant-gang-members
Mexico's Deal With the Devil

The Mexican press estimates that 19.5% of the official ballot boxes were installed in areas controlled by the drug cartels. Many voters avoided the poles...

https://www.policemag.com/374111/mexicos-deal-with-the-devil

In the long war between police gang fighters and the outlaw criminal gangs, gang defectors can be important and valuable allies. Unless someone in your team...

https://www.policemag.com/374202/cultivating-effective-gang-informants

Recently the FBI published a study entitled "Violent Encounters: A study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers," which...

https://www.policemag.com/373040/the-killing-mindset

I have never arrested a gang member who lawfully possessed a gun and who purchased it legitimately. So banning legitimate gun-related purchases only...

https://www.policemag.com/373051/gangs-guns-and-political-games

The attack team crossed the “frontera” via a well-used tunnel near Nogales. It split up on the U.S. side, one group traveling by night toward Sky Harbor...

https://www.policemag.com/373063/a-nightmare-scenario

I don't mean to sound like Los Angeles or I personally have all the answers to the world's gang problems, but during my more than three decades fighting...

https://www.policemag.com/373095/what-not-to-do-in-anti-gang-programs

Gang members have found inventive ways of bringing drugs into the courts. Perhaps the most offensive method of delivery was to enlist the help of court...

https://www.policemag.com/373098/how-gangs-use-the-justice-system

Winning potential gang members' minds and hearts occurs early, often as early as grammar school. It is founded in the common experiences almost all...

https://www.policemag.com/373105/how-good-kids-are-seduced-into-gangspart-1

The bully "Giant" preyed on more than just your skinny crew. Often he picked on the girls. But now they know that you can protect them from the...

https://www.policemag.com/373113/how-good-kids-are-seduced-into-gangs-part-2-the-schoolyard-story

Hear Richard Valdemar take part in radio discussions about Los Angeles gangs.

https://www.policemag.com/373183/richard-valdemar-on-the-radio

When I first joined the LASD I saw many of these same fine traits in most of the sergeants and lieutenants I worked for. My measure of the leadership...

https://www.policemag.com/373205/courage-under-fire

Some complaints defy common sense and law enforcement very rarely files criminal "false reporting" charges against a complaining party when the allegations...

https://www.policemag.com/373213/gangs-and-citizen-complaints

Airport security means more than just checking passengers for identification and contraband. It should begin with all the airport and airline employees.

https://www.policemag.com/373214/gangs-at-the-airport

Gangs have evolved in criminal and technical sophistication from the school dropouts of the 1960s. Today's gang members utilize all the modern electric...

https://www.policemag.com/373227/gang-turf-in-cyberspace

Picking the right people, who have the skills and ability to work with gangs and in small specialized units, makes or breaks any gang unit, but the OSS...

https://www.policemag.com/373281/some-cops-are-just-not-cut-out-to-work-gangs

Less than 10 percent of the kids from even the worst neighborhoods join criminal gangs. Recognizing and giving gang members: “respect,” after they choose to...

https://www.policemag.com/373292/there-is-such-a-thing-as-a-bad-boy

One day my team conducted a parole search of a Nazi Low Rider. Coincidently, it happened on his four-year-old son’s birthday. We found a birthday cake...

https://www.policemag.com/373318/mama-dont-let-your-babies-grow-up-to-be-monsters

We all fear that the justice system seems unable to protect us or punish the bad guys. When these conditions and feelings become extreme, self protection...

https://www.policemag.com/373329/vigilante-justice

An expert should be a credible proponent of the truth, and not an advocate for either the prosecution or the defense. Because of what we do and our...

https://www.policemag.com/373347/keep-your-word-to-gang-members-even-if-it-causes-you-pain

When interviewed by sociologists, gang members commonly lie. They do this for several reasons including: to appear less criminally culpable, because the...

https://www.policemag.com/373355/countering-academic-gang-experts

Most gangs frown on a policy of open Jihad against the police. Their natural enemies are not the police but rival gangs. Traditionally, the police were more...

https://www.policemag.com/373425/how-to-assess-gang-threats
The Border War With Mexican Cartels

The word "war" is not just hyperbole; it correctly describes what is going on. It's estimated that the violence—kidnapping and murder—has driven 400,000...

https://www.policemag.com/373537/the-border-war-with-mexican-cartels

If you are a law enforcement administrator, consider multiplying your gang intelligence resources with a gang liaison officer or gang unit in the jail. If...

https://www.policemag.com/373553/corrections-officers-give-you-the-edge

One must understand our adversary's history and motivation in order to predict his future activities. Real intelligence opens the mind to why and how the...

https://www.policemag.com/373567/know-your-enemys-history
Legalizing America's Addictions Won't Cure Crime

It is this use of illicit drugs that first seduces young men into the criminal underworld and later makes the gangs the principal purveyors of this...

https://www.policemag.com/373585/legalizing-americas-addictions-wont-cure-crime

If you're looking for good gang training, remember all gang training is not equal. Many of these sources suffer from poor curriculum and sub-standard...

https://www.policemag.com/373638/evaluating-gang-training-for-officers
Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers

In paintball scenarios, you battle multiple adversaries often in close quarter combat in urban or built-up locations. You either assault or defend a...

https://www.policemag.com/373665/paintball-wars-defending-against-multiple-attackers
Are Muslim Radicals Crossing Our Border?

The transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations and Muslim terrorists have taken advantage of American apathy and the lack of will in Latin America....

https://www.policemag.com/373676/are-muslim-radicals-crossing-our-border
Equal Justice Under the Law?

If ending corruption is the real goal, let's apply all the regulations equally across the board. I can support mandatory financial disclosure for all...

https://www.policemag.com/373732/equal-justice-under-the-law

Whether on duty or off duty, whether you are a federal agent or a county sheriff, whether intended or unintended, close encounters with Blood and Crip gang...

https://www.policemag.com/373771/encounters-with-bloods-and-crips
Corruption In Collegiate Athletics

The abuses from professional sports would eventually taint college recruitment. Money under the table, trips to strip clubs and topless bars, and steroid...

https://www.policemag.com/373776/corruption-in-collegiate-athletics
Working Solo at Ground Zero

What is it going to take before police administrators double up these cars? There is no sane reason to send young cops out in solo units in areas like...

https://www.policemag.com/373832/working-solo-at-ground-zero

The greatest cost and symptom of our demise as a nation is the lasting affect these criminal gangs have on our system of law and justice. The corruption...

https://www.policemag.com/373848/public-corruption-at-the-u-s-mexico-border

Our Judeo-Christian culture has been challenged in the arena of global conflict. We're locked in the "ultimate fighting cage" of war, a place we've been...

https://www.policemag.com/373872/americas-cage-war-against-radical-islam
Iraqis, Grenades, and Mexican Cartels

In a federal indictment charging the suspects, it was alleged that the center of their criminal operation was an Iraqi social club in El Cajon, and...

https://www.policemag.com/373907/iraqis-grenades-and-mexican-cartels
California's Budget Fix: Cut Gang and Drug Fighters

State lawmakers are positioning their budget axe over the heads of the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) and Bureau of...

https://www.policemag.com/373957/californias-budget-fix-cut-gang-and-drug-fighters

Throughout history gangs have developed, multiplied, and mutated into many forms. Today one of law enforcement’s biggest problems is the inability of law...

https://www.policemag.com/372930/how-to-tell-that-a-group-is-a-gang

All of the experts agree that America will experience more “active shooter” situations in schools in the near future. What can you, an ordinary first...

https://www.policemag.com/372934/be-ready-for-school-shooters-and-school-takeovers
Booby Traps: Death by Trick or Device

In recent years, attacks against police officers have increasingly become sneaky ambushes rather than direct confrontations. They may involve improvised...

https://www.policemag.com/373805/booby-traps-death-by-trick-or-device

Any teacher, preacher, lawyer, cop, psychologist, gang crime victim, good mother, or good father would be more effective in gang prevention than a dozen...

https://www.policemag.com/373384/failed-and-fruitful-tactics-for-combating-gangs

The National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) generates several law enforcement reports about the activity and numbers of criminal gangs in the United...

https://www.policemag.com/373999/the-national-gang-threat-assessments-sanitized-statistics
Mexican Cartels Have Infiltrated Your City

Mexican drug cartels are now operating deep in the U.S., according to the recent Associated Press report. They're operating not just in border areas....

https://www.policemag.com/374296/mexican-cartels-have-infiltrated-your-city
Medical Marijuana: California's Biggest Losers

Wake up California; you've been sold a lie. This lie has allowed the Mexican (and other) cartels and gangs to produce huge crops of unregulated marijuana...

https://www.policemag.com/373950/medical-marijuana-californias-biggest-losers
Gangs in the Military: Loyalty to Homeboys or Homeland?

Web Extra: Read the National Gang Intelligence Center's Feb. 15 report on gang infiltration of law enforcement and corrections agencies.

https://www.policemag.com/373460/gangs-in-the-military-loyalty-to-homeboys-or-homeland
Gangs and Terrorism

We often focus on one puzzle piece rather than the whole puzzle. If we would slow down and step back, we might see the whole of our enemy's tactics and...

https://www.policemag.com/374085/gangs-and-terrorism
Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 1 of 2)

In a strange way, the iconography ties together much of the evil perpetrated by the gangs that are trafficking in drugs and human beings and their violent...

https://www.policemag.com/373526/patron-saints-of-the-mexican-drug-underworld-part-1-of-2

Gangs calling themselves the Hole Stoners, ELA Stoners, The Lot Stoners, Mid City Stoners, and Mara Salvatrucha Stoners (MS13) sprang up all over Los Angeles.

https://www.policemag.com/373296/roots-of-evil
Sureño Fight Club

While in custody, most Sureño gang members are educated in martial arts fighting tactics and are primarily trained in fighting with edged weapons. The...

https://www.policemag.com/374197/sureno-fight-club

The best laid plans and tactics often fall apart after the first shots are fired. However, learning what has worked well against your enemy in the past,...

https://www.policemag.com/372961/the-tactics-of-a-gang-hit


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