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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
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
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
Categories: Special Units
Murder Ink

One afternoon about five years ago, I was summoned from my desk at the detective division of a major Southern California urban sheriff's department and...

https://www.policemag.com/339501/murder-ink
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The Best Argument Against the Death Penalty

Former Mexican Mafia leader Ramon "Mundo" Mendoza's motivation for writing, "Mexican Mafia: The Gang of Gangs," is to get the book into the hands of gang...

https://www.policemag.com/373868/the-best-argument-against-the-death-penalty
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
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
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
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
Taking Down Mexican Mafia Cliques In the O.C.

Operation Black Flag was another "staggering and comprehensive blow" to California's most powerful gang, according to U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte. However,...

https://www.policemag.com/373888/taking-down-mexican-mafia-cliques-in-the-o-c
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Blood Brothers: Cartel Ties That Bind

Like the unwanted dandelions that sprout in lawns, cartel and gang partners continue to adapt and survive. The systematic corruption of our police, courts...

https://www.policemag.com/373702/blood-brothers-cartel-ties-that-bind
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
Can Education Cure Gang Members?

There seems to be an illogical perception in the U.S. that "bad guys," especially those associated with criminal gangs, are dumb—or at least uneducated. But...

https://www.policemag.com/374097/can-education-cure-gang-members
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Going Beyond Suppression Patrols To Eradicate Gangs

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Curtis Jackson pioneered a different way to attack gangs. Instead of using "show of force" suppression patrols, Jackson...

https://www.policemag.com/373501/going-beyond-suppression-patrols-to-eradicate-gangs
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
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
A Gang Prevention Documentary Worth Watching

"Operation Detour 2" tells the story about how easily young people, even good kids, can get seduced into the drug-trafficking world. How doing or receiving...

https://www.policemag.com/374301/a-gang-prevention-documentary-worth-watching
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
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
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
A Path to Citizenship for Gangs and Terrorists

In April, I joined many other local, state, and federal law enforcement experts in Washington D.C. to voice opposition to the flawed amnesty bill misnamed...

https://www.policemag.com/374330/a-path-to-citizenship-for-gangs-and-terrorists
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


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