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How a Cartel Enforcer Thrived In Lockup

Jose "Bat" Marquez received a life sentence for trafficking methamphetamine from a prison cell. Most law enforcement officials would consider this a...

https://www.policemag.com/373968/how-a-cartel-enforcer-thrived-in-lockup
Edged Weapons and Gang Culture

Edged-weapon gang culture flourished most prominently in American jails and prisons. Every inmate is expected to be able to defend himself. Gang members...

https://www.policemag.com/373726/edged-weapons-and-gang-culture
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

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

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

Following the horrors of WWI, American culture descended into the "almost anything goes" attitude of liberal Europe. Scantily clad...

https://www.policemag.com/373012/bebop-doo-wop-and-hip-hop-music-and-the-madness

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
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 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

The Mexican Mafia informant was making me nervous. He was in top physical condition and we were unarmed and in a very isolated part of the Men's Central...

https://www.policemag.com/373576/ask-the-right-questions-the-right-way

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

Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. In 1992, major rioting would continue until May 25. Much has...

https://www.policemag.com/374071/20-years-after-the-rodney-king-riots
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

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
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
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
Gang Profile: Varrio Hawaiian Gardens

Varrio Hawaiian Gardens was a Sureño gang fiercely loyal to the Mexican Mafia, and the Mafia was in a racial war against Blacks. Varrio Hawaiian Gardens...

https://www.policemag.com/373944/gang-profile-varrio-hawaiian-gardens
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
Gang Task Forces Take Down Mexican Mafia 'Carnals'

Two recent investigations show us the value of gang task forces that combine resources from law enforcement, prosecutors, and corrections to take down...

https://www.policemag.com/374265/gang-task-forces-take-down-mexican-mafia-carnals
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

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
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

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

The season brings the same problems to the ghettos and barrios that face the rest of us, except in an exaggerated way. Problems like poverty, lack of...

https://www.policemag.com/373068/holidays-in-the-hood
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
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
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

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
Gangsterish Athletes and Their Entourages

Like so many lucky lotto winners, the same fame and financial fortune that helps them escape the ghetto contributes to bringing them down. This is...

https://www.policemag.com/374338/gangsterish-athletes-and-their-entourages

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

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
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

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

The Los Angeles Sheriff's OSS Gang Task Force targeting the F-13 gang soon received information that the F-13 gang was enforcing Mexican Mafia orders to tax...

https://www.policemag.com/373686/florence-13-the-other-transnational-gang
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
The Buela Street Witch

Vetrovec and I were at the south window in hyper-vigilance mode, when one of the Geraghty homeboys pulled down the plywood covering the living room door,...

https://www.policemag.com/373400/the-buela-street-witch
Inside the Black Panther Party (2 of 2)

By the late 1960s, many of the Black Panther Party leadership had become entangled in criminal trials or were serving long prison sentences. Some had been...

https://www.policemag.com/374151/inside-the-black-panther-party-2-of-2
The Hidden Agendas of Latino Activists

Across the U.S., there are numerous highly placed lawyers, and city, state, and national officeholders who came through the university system in the...

https://www.policemag.com/373934/the-hidden-agendas-of-latino-activists
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

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
Police Officers on Wanted Posters

Two New York officers threatened in a gang wanted poster should consider the threats from the bad guys a true compliment. It means they are making a real...

https://www.policemag.com/374282/police-officers-on-wanted-posters

The powerful 18th Street Gang considered the formation of this new gang by its own members to be "set jumping" and have been at war with the Vineland Boys...

https://www.policemag.com/373003/the-vineland-boys-gang

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
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

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
Mara Salvatrucha: A Transnational Gang

Autonomous cliques of the Mara Salvatrucha gang communicate internationally through the same social networks we use, including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter...

https://www.policemag.com/373783/mara-salvatrucha-a-transnational-gang
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
Hells Angels: Taking Away Their Toys

When you plan a raid of Hell Angels outlaw motorcycle gang locations for felons, drugs, and guns, don't assume you'll encounter good old boys who ride bikes...

https://www.policemag.com/373759/hells-angels-taking-away-their-toys
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

Today, it's the street gangs, primarily black and Latino that are the real problem, and until law enforcement and the public puts these gangs in check,...

https://www.policemag.com/374220/gangs-often-drive-hate-crimes


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