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Understanding Inmate Codes of Conduct

I've always marveled at this irony. Young men who rebel against authority and parental control, who commonly hate school, hate memorizing verses and...

https://www.policemag.com/373799/understanding-inmate-codes-of-conduct
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
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
Are Some Gang Members Serial Killers?

Even in the murderous world of gangs, the most wicked killings are perpetrated by individuals who seem motivated by some other dark, twisted presence within...

https://www.policemag.com/374231/are-some-gang-members-serial-killers
Categories: Investigations, Special Units
Investigating Gangs Outside the Gang Squad

I remember riding with another L.A. Deputy Sheriff in an East Los Angeles gang car in 1975. To me, it was a privilege working with a special gang...

https://www.policemag.com/339771/investigating-gangs-outside-the-gang-squad
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
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
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
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
Gangster Clothing: Dressing for Success In Prison

No one in a predatory environment wanted tight, close-fitting clothing. Status in custody was displayed by wearing new, especially large baggy clothing,...

https://www.policemag.com/373447/gangster-clothing-dressing-for-success-in-prison
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
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
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
Mexican Cartel Violence: None Dare Call It Terrorism

In the last three years, 23,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the Mexican drug gang violence. This daily body count rivals totals from Iraq...

https://www.policemag.com/373543/mexican-cartel-violence-none-dare-call-it-terrorism
Off-Duty Gang Confrontations

Do yourself a favor. Your planning for the many facets of an unthinkable off-duty situation must be serious and deliberate. Think about it, and be prepared...

https://www.policemag.com/374024/off-duty-gang-confrontations
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
Do You Speak Nahuatl?

Mexicans and Mexican Americans who can barely say taco are being taught dialects of the ancient Aztec language Nahuatl. In California prisons both the...

https://www.policemag.com/373714/do-you-speak-nahuatl
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
Mexican Mafia: The Most Dangerous Gang

No matter which big bad bloody band of barrio bad boys you might be dealing with, I'll bet they are taking their orders from prison-gang inmates. And when...

https://www.policemag.com/373488/mexican-mafia-the-most-dangerous-gang
Chicano Power and the Brown Berets

Although the Brown Berets claimed to be advocates of education and the politically informed, the majority of the Brown Beret members were high school...

https://www.policemag.com/373939/chicano-power-and-the-brown-berets
Prison Shanks

The jail-made "shank" is fashioned from this material by sharpened by scraping the metal on concrete floors. A handle is fashioned from paper or cloth....

https://www.policemag.com/373727/prison-shanks
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
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
A Devil's Playground for Gang Members

The court transportation system is the first weak point. Did you know that 40% of all inmate escapes occur during transport? Any gang member who's spent any...

https://www.policemag.com/374346/a-devils-playground-for-gang-members
How One Gang Corrupted 13 Baltimore COs

Anyone who has worked in the jail or prison for any length of time is probably aware of the psychological manipulation practiced by many sophisticated...

https://www.policemag.com/374312/how-one-gang-corrupted-13-baltimore-cos
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
Survivalists and the Harrowing Norco Bank Robbery

The careful study of the Norco incident reveals many outstanding training lessons about non-traditional and unusual criminal groups, multiple advisory...

https://www.policemag.com/373843/survivalists-and-the-harrowing-norco-bank-robbery
Inside the Black Panther Party (1 of 2)

The Black Panther Party was formed to protect and defend African-American neighborhoods from police brutality. By the late 1960s, it represented a major...

https://www.policemag.com/374148/inside-the-black-panther-party-1-of-2
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
Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli

Sureños identify with the color blue and use tattoos with the number 13, sureño, sur, south sider, or "kanpol" (a word taken from the ancient Aztec language...

https://www.policemag.com/374040/surenos-understanding-kanpol-and-pilli
Carcinogenic Cannabis

Federal, state and local police as well as other government officials have succumbed to the money involved in the cannabis cancer. Whether it's the legal...

https://www.policemag.com/374387/carcinogenic-cannabis
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
Gang Members Practice Their Skills

One at a time each of the three targets got out of the vehicle, walked in a big circle around the McDonald’s, went inside, only to return to the vehicle...

https://www.policemag.com/373349/gang-members-practice-their-skills
Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part I

Sometimes separate local, state, or county police are used for physical surveillance. Occasionally when intercepted communications seem to have gone...

https://www.policemag.com/374031/gangs-and-electronic-surveillancepart-i
Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

The Mexican Mafia is composed of cell-like cliques united in a coalition under the umbrella name. These cliques or sub-groups are led by informal...

https://www.policemag.com/373919/exploiting-the-mexican-mafias-weaknesses
The Mexican Mafia: Down But Not Out

Every time law enforcement thought that they had knocked out or retired the Eme organization, they found that the Eme came back again. The Mexican Mafia...

https://www.policemag.com/374357/the-mexican-mafia-down-but-not-out
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
Taggers, Tagger Crews, and Tag Bangers

Tagger crews often include people from different ethnic backgrounds and both male and female members. The boys are “Kings” and the girls are “Queens.”...

https://www.policemag.com/373246/taggers-tagger-crews-and-tag-bangers
False Document Mills Fuel Gang Profits

Advanced computers, scanners, and color printers make counterfeit detection much more difficult. Like good counterfeit currency, most false documents pass...

https://www.policemag.com/373592/false-document-mills-fuel-gang-profits
Blood Brothers: Roots of a Cartel War

Like the evolution of the Italian Mafia in U.S. cities such as New York and Chicago, Mexican smugglers or "contrabandistas" evolved from crude thuggish...

https://www.policemag.com/373699/blood-brothers-roots-of-a-cartel-war
Gang Intelligence and the Need to Know

No matter how small or large a town they work in, and whether they work urban or rural, gang cops need to know about and recognize the signs of criminal...

https://www.policemag.com/374169/gang-intelligence-and-the-need-to-know
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
Is Mexican Cartel Activity In the U.S. Exaggerated?

Many of the Mexican cartel crimes in the illegal alien community go unreported. The ugly crimes of kidnapping, human trafficking, extortion, gang violence,...

https://www.policemag.com/374367/is-mexican-cartel-activity-in-the-u-s-exaggerated
An EPIC Fail In the Border War

Despite the federal government's politically correct definition of "cross border violence," my experience and intelligence sources tell me that "cross...

https://www.policemag.com/373910/an-epic-fail-in-the-border-war
Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part II

The girlfriend was provided with a “burnout phone.” A burnout phone is one that would be operational for a few months before being burned out. By that time...

https://www.policemag.com/374034/gangs-and-electronic-surveillancepart-ii
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
Facing the Facts of Gang Denial

Denial and minimization of a gang problem allows the city's criminal gangs to take root. It also thwarts proactive anti-gang measures.

https://www.policemag.com/373495/facing-the-facts-of-gang-denial
Dodger Blues: Take Me Out At the Ballgame

To Bryan Stow and the rest of the sane world, his Giants baseball gear represented his love of baseball and his support for his team. To that cowardly pack...

https://www.policemag.com/373787/dodger-blues-take-me-out-at-the-ballgame
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
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


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