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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

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

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

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

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

The prison gang defector, even after cooperating with law enforcement, is still a formidable and dangerous predator. His mental and criminal cunning, his...

https://www.policemag.com/373134/dangerous-defectors-and-the-pesetas-prison-gang

Any suspect, who may feel cornered, may unexpectedly turn and ambush pursuing police officers. Situations for possible gang-ambush traps may spring from...

https://www.policemag.com/373548/how-gang-members-ambush-officers
La Cosa Nostra: Alive and Kicking

On the strength of 16 indictments, federal agents arrested 119 alleged members of La Cosa Nostra Sicilian Mafia in late-January raids in the Northeast. This...

https://www.policemag.com/373765/la-cosa-nostra-alive-and-kicking

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

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
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
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
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

Homegirl Trinia Aguirre was Spooky’s new girlfriend. While Spooky covered the hostages, Trinia roughly began tying them up, gagging them, and laying them in...

https://www.policemag.com/373303/love-and-murder-in-gangland

Here are some law enforcement gang sources and authors that I would recommend. I am unable to list everyone because I only have a limited space. I tried to...

https://www.policemag.com/373262/the-gang-investigators-library
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

The gang investigator's years of experience, knowledge, and training in the field of gangs is of no value if he is unable to communicate this knowledge in...

https://www.policemag.com/373129/testifying-in-court-as-a-gang-expert
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

Photos of the suspect Richard Rodriguez show a two-inch-high tattoo of “EMF” on his face under his lower lip and a large “Flores” tattooed across his neck....

https://www.policemag.com/373311/gang-tats-visible-on-kicking-incident-suspect

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

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

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
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

"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
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

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

To diminish the possible loss of too many resources, Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations (DTOs) developed a policy of utilizing three separate houses to...

https://www.policemag.com/373579/how-gangs-orchestrate-home-invasion-robberies

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
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

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

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
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

LASD SEB (SWAT) was called in. They approached the structures in an armored car. Suspect Kueck engaged the SEB vehicle with his .223 assault rifle giving...

https://www.policemag.com/373179/treasure-hunters-and-the-desert-madness
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

What you usually see in any gun buyback program is elderly people turning in old junk guns from some closet or garage where they have sat gathering dust for...

https://www.policemag.com/374416/the-fallacy-of-gun-buyback-programs
Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Part 2 of 2)

Some human sacrifices to Santa Muerte have been claimed in Tijuana and Nuevo Laredo in 2006. In 2008, 11 headless bodies were found in the Yucatan and the...

https://www.policemag.com/373527/patron-saints-of-the-mexican-drug-underworld-part-2-of-2
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

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

https://www.policemag.com/373183/richard-valdemar-on-the-radio
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 courageous women were individually shown the ELA mug books and they each identified El Hoyo (The Hole) Maravilla gang members Vincent and Luis Arias...

https://www.policemag.com/373331/hunting-homeboys-in-the-hood
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

Can you imagine what a gang formed from all aligned Crip and Blood gangs or between the Mexican Mafia and the Nuestra Familia might be capable of?

https://www.policemag.com/374062/gang-truces-usually-turn-out-badly-for-cops
Movie Review: Rampart

"Rampart" is another depiction of the evil white-guy cop, played this time by over-the-top Woody Harrelson, and the good black guy played by...

https://www.policemag.com/374021/movie-review-rampart
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

I don't remember any of these holiday truces actually working, but like those classic holiday movies they seem to make us all feel good for the moment, even...

https://www.policemag.com/374228/keeping-a-holiday-gang-truce
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
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

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
TV Gang Docs: Turning Hoodlums Into Heroes

Why do some people feel the need to rewrite history to suit their needs? Many of these "documentaries" are only as good as their sources of information and...

https://www.policemag.com/373877/tv-gang-docs-turning-hoodlums-into-heroes
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


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