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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
Sureño Tattoos and Symbols

Sureños can be found in every major city in the U.S. They can be found in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and South America. The big transnational super gangs such...

https://www.policemag.com/373466/sureno-tattoos-and-symbols

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

“East Los Angeles 24 handle, 23 to assist, 245 just occurred,” came the strangely calm and feminine voice on the radio. The call was directed to my unit....

https://www.policemag.com/373259/breaking-the-viking-code

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
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
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

In 2001 large numbers of Somali immigrants began migrating to Maine bringing their clan rivalries and their love of khat with them. Since then these Somali...

https://www.policemag.com/373404/the-rise-of-muslim-gangs
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

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
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
Categories: Weapons
Kel-Tec PF-9 Pistol

For undercover police work or even off-duty use, a small gun that can easily be concealed yet fires a reasonably powerful cartridge is essential. Kel-Tec...

https://www.policemag.com/339855/kel-tec-pf-9-pistol

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
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

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

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

Soon the prison race war spilled into the streets. The first battles were in the Santa Monica and Venice areas at apartment complexes like the Oakwood...

https://www.policemag.com/373103/los-angeles-gangs-and-hate-crimes
Do You Speak Swahili?

In prison, forms of black slang and African languages are used to code conversations to prevent non-black inmates and staff from understanding the...

https://www.policemag.com/373720/do-you-speak-swahili

Like the dangerous Presa Carnario dogs that are loved by the Aryan Brotherhood, and which have for centuries been bred as fighting dogs, some men don't do...

https://www.policemag.com/373021/the-aryan-brotherhoodthe-dogs-of-war-part-1-of-2

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
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

After Chalino Sanchez, corridos became Mexico’s and the American Latino’s equivalent to gangsta rap and they became super popular. Chalino wrote about...

https://www.policemag.com/373240/chalino-sanchez-and-the-narcocorridos

The lure of filthy lucre is too great. Gang members betray the ancient warrior's code of conduct for new tires and fancy rims, or a dime bag of dope. Honor...

https://www.policemag.com/373508/gangs-abandon-honor-for-an-unholy-alliance

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 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

MS is not like any other East Coast, Chicago, or even native Salvadorian gang. This is why reports on the gang written by federal law enforcement and the...

https://www.policemag.com/373076/mara-salvatrucha

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

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
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

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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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
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

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
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

What are these cops thinking? Don't they realize that they are being used by the gang? Can't they see that should their gang friends become engaged in a...

https://www.policemag.com/373519/gangsters-in-blue
Criminal Gangs and the Perfect Storm

If you live in one of the cities that accepted Katrina refugees, you know what followed. While most Katrina survivors were appreciative of their host...

https://www.policemag.com/373454/criminal-gangs-and-the-perfect-storm

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

I find it hard to be too stern with teenage pranksters. Some say most of the best cops could have gone either way in their youth. I don't know about that,...

https://www.policemag.com/373893/confessions-of-a-teenage-vandal
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
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

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

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
Will 'End of Watch' Shift the Perception of Cops?

"End of Watch" provides a refreshing avoidance of the Hollywood formula. This production has captured the most realistic depiction of everyday police...

https://www.policemag.com/374245/will-end-of-watch-shift-the-perception-of-cops


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