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The Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang

The Black Guerrilla Family was founded by George Jackson, a former Black Panther and excellent orator who rallied inmates by speaking about the system's...

https://www.policemag.com/374117/the-black-guerrilla-family-prison-gang
Gangsters in Blue: Corrections

When inmates and gang members see cops acting like convicts, they tend to react to them like they do other convicts and gangsters. What little respect that...

https://www.policemag.com/373839/gangsters-in-blue-corrections
Gangs In the Courtroom

Every victim or witness had heard the stories in the ghetto about gang retaliation against those who were foolish enough to snitch on gang members. Most of...

https://www.policemag.com/374187/gangs-in-the-courtroom

I was there when this monster was spawned. The Tortilla Flats Gang was born in Compton, Calif., about 1962.

https://www.policemag.com/373082/chuckie-midget-and-the-compton-tortilla-flats-gang
The Wolf Pack Mentality

Do not underestimate gang members because they are young or small, scrawny wolves. Maybe you have even encountered and dealt with several of them...

https://www.policemag.com/373471/the-wolf-pack-mentality

When most Americans think of Hispanic gangs, they think of East Los Angeles, the San Fernando or San Gabriel Valleys, Boyle Heights, or Downtown Los...

https://www.policemag.com/373016/history-of-the-florence-13-gang
Fueling the Flames in Ferguson

So far I have exercised what I consider "commendable restraint" in holding back my public comments on the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Frankly I have not...

https://www.policemag.com/374463/fueling-the-flames-in-ferguson

A Nahuatl dictionary was intercepted in a prison in September 2000. It contains the code to the ancient Aztec language now being used by gang members. Break...

https://www.policemag.com/373715/a-nahuatl-dictionary

The traditional gang culture is a “macho” lifestyle where women are only second-class members. Like the cheerleaders on the football team; they wear the...

https://www.policemag.com/373140/women-and-criminal-gangs

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
Categories: Weapons
Tactical Nostalgia

In police work I would never wish to return to those ancient cumbersome flashlights, or Nash Rambler patrol cars, or the lack of portable radios or body...

https://www.policemag.com/342130/tactical-nostalgia

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

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

Maybe judges should be made to spend some time with prison staff inside the walls to educate themselves in a practical way on the true realities of life in...

https://www.policemag.com/373608/the-dangers-of-judicial-arrogance
Categories: Special Units, Training & Careers
Never Underestimate a Gang Member

They may seem disorganized, they may act stupid, they may look really young, but they are deadly and cunning as sharks.

https://www.policemag.com/339945/never-underestimate-a-gang-member
Categories: Point of Law, Special Units
Investigating Gang Homicides

A gang murder investigation requires your best detective skills to solve the crime and protect the witnesses.

https://www.policemag.com/340412/investigating-gang-homicides

Mexican authorities continue to report a steady rise in "Sureño" gang activity in San Luis, Mexico. This has become a serious concern for both Mexican law...

https://www.policemag.com/373382/los-wonder-boys-and-the-mexican-sureno-movement
Gangs and Lowrider Car Shows

If I worked a gang unit in your area, I would send plainclothes officers inside to monitor any Lowrider shows near your jurisdiction. I would also watch...

https://www.policemag.com/373861/gangs-and-lowrider-car-shows

Just like it is beneficial for a military unit in combat to know the topography of the battle area, your recognition and assessment of the surrounding...

https://www.policemag.com/373282/how-we-took-down-the-geraghty-loma-gang

Crips wear blue rags and Blood or Piru gang members wear red ones. But an expert would know that Compton Lime Street Piru gang members break the mold by...

https://www.policemag.com/372996/exceptions-to-the-gang-rules
Paintball Wars: Effective Reality-Based Training

Based on my experience, I'd say my paintball games were more realistic and useful training experiences than any contrived multiple-target drill, falling...

https://www.policemag.com/373670/paintball-wars-effective-reality-based-training

The fleeing felon was named Richard Rodriguez, and he had a two-inch-high tattoo of "EMF" on his face under his lower lip and a large "Flores" tattooed...

https://www.policemag.com/373310/oldie-but-baddie-el-monte-flores-gang
Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Like war, police work can be an ugly job. Like military service, it can be dangerous physically and psychologically. But who's better prepared to endure...

https://www.policemag.com/374318/why-we-should-hire-returning-veterans

Dropouts, jail informants, child molesters, and other "softies" segregated in the Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) of California prisons are forming gang sets of...

https://www.policemag.com/374079/sensitive-needs-yards-sny-gangs

The two burly deputies wanted to book him, but I was interested in hearing his story. Hype gang members do not normally seek out the police or walk into...

https://www.policemag.com/373160/the-tragic-tale-of-spider-from-white-fence

The TRG shooters ran back to the barbecue on Orange Street then changed their clothing in a garage. An associate hid the 9mm and a second pistol in a...

https://www.policemag.com/373245/trg-tiny-rascal-gangsters-asian-gangs-in-long-beach

We had just saved the founder of the Mexican Mafia’s life by arresting him and sending him to prison. But he wouldn’t be grateful. He would quickly...

https://www.policemag.com/373169/some-gang-members-can-go-straight

These supposed “non-gang” gang supporters are too often shown leniency by the prosecutors and courts. They have as much culpability for the acts of the gang...

https://www.policemag.com/373376/gang-enablers-and-co-dependents
Getting Away With Murder

The release in Mexico of one of the men responsible for the murder of DEA Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena has renewed tension between the U.S. and...

https://www.policemag.com/374379/getting-away-with-murder

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
Compton's 155th Street Gang

The worst of these 155th Street members were usually high on "red devils" (Seconal) and drunk on wine. They were dangerous to everyone and lethal to rivals....

https://www.policemag.com/374255/comptons-155th-street-gang

Like the muffled whispers about the "Black Hand" of the Mafia in the Italian community, the "train freaks" whispered of a gang of outlaws that lived to ride...

https://www.policemag.com/373058/the-freight-train-riders-of-america

Not everyone is graced with the skills necessary to identify and develop gang informants. It's like the ability to strike up a conversation with a...

https://www.policemag.com/372973/developing-gang-informants
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

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

I wondered to myself how these obvious tattoos could be missed by his Marine Corps superiors, especially the Sureño tattoo in large letters across his...

https://www.policemag.com/373036/criminal-gangs-in-the-military

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

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

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
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
Keep Your Eye on Pseudo Sureños

Just because a gang may seem unsophisticated and maybe it's just a pseudo-Sureño gang, don't ignore their potential for violence. They may start slow on the...

https://www.policemag.com/373883/keep-your-eye-on-pseudo-surenos

I was assigned to L.A.’s Men’s Central Jail, Module 2400, without the benefit of any custody training at all. There were about 250 inmates divided among...

https://www.policemag.com/373153/going-to-gang-school-part-one
'Evil Evan' Ebel and the 211 Crew

The 211 Crew is a white-supremacist prison gang. The loosely structured group had its early formation in the Denver County Jail, and its members included a...

https://www.policemag.com/374270/evil-evan-ebel-and-the-211-crew

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

A mutation of the noble Neanderthal, the Thug neither hunted nor gathered but found it easier to take by violence someone else's gatherings and someone...

https://www.policemag.com/373621/evolution-of-the-thug

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
Knocking Down Barrio Azteca

The Barrio Azteca gang members organize themselves using a paramilitary structure and apply English terms or their Spanish equivalent words for ranks such...

https://www.policemag.com/373990/knocking-down-barrio-azteca

MS-13 will now be targeted for the seizure of its criminal assets just like infamous foreign-born criminal organizations such the Yakuza of Japan and...

https://www.policemag.com/374178/a-financial-weapon-to-fight-gangs

As we began our shift, we passed a residential area in the Mariana Maravillas gang turf. I saw two middle-aged men coming out of a sliding glass door at the...

https://www.policemag.com/373431/in-foot-pursuit-of-a-grinch
Gang Finances: Living Off the Grid

Gang members belong to a gangster culture, believing that only lame punks do menial work for "the man." Why be a lowly worker, when you can be the boss? As...

https://www.policemag.com/373737/gang-finances-living-off-the-grid


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