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The dynamics of Los Angeles and the Crip and Blood gangs of the 1980s presented certain criminal entrepreneurs with to opportunity to control the drug...

https://www.policemag.com/372952/the-business-of-gangs

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

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
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
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
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
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

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
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

You are now in the middle of a kill zone between two rival and highly agitated gangs. You watch in slow motion as they drop their wounded and draw their...

https://www.policemag.com/373184/gang-members-in-the-emergency-room

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

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
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

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

Suddenly, a night of fun became a night of terror as multiple muzzle flashes lit the night from the interior of the blue Impala. Bang! Bang! Bang!...

https://www.policemag.com/373150/a-day-in-the-life-of-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

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

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

I would have them imagine that we were going on a trip to a faraway land, to a country and a culture with very different customs, clothing, family...

https://www.policemag.com/373194/learning-how-to-speak-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
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

Crips wear blue rags and Blood or Piru gang members wear red ones. But an expert would know that Compton Lime Street Piru gang members break the mold by...

https://www.policemag.com/372996/exceptions-to-the-gang-rules
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

Why do the otherwise productive anti-gang programs of New York, Chicago, Baltimore, and Philadelphia not work in Los Angeles? Why do these same cities...

https://www.policemag.com/372971/the-structure-of-gangs

Just like it is beneficial for a military unit in combat to know the topography of the battle area, your recognition and assessment of the surrounding...

https://www.policemag.com/373282/how-we-took-down-the-geraghty-loma-gang
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
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

Gang members, especially juveniles, receive little incarceration and lots of probation for car crimes. To gang members this is like a dog with rubber teeth,...

https://www.policemag.com/373481/grand-theft-auto-and-gangs
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

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

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
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
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

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

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
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

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

Smiley Saenz is no soldier for his barrio. He has brought no glory to his gang, only shame. His brutal murders were cowardly acts of wild uncontrolled...

https://www.policemag.com/373253/searching-for-an-east-l-a-gang-fugitive

For females recruited into a gang the male ritual of the “jump in” may be replaced by the ritual “sexed in,” requiring the female to have sex with several...

https://www.policemag.com/373234/sexual-secrets-of-gang-culture

When I first joined the LASD I saw many of these same fine traits in most of the sergeants and lieutenants I worked for. My measure of the leadership...

https://www.policemag.com/373205/courage-under-fire
'Evil Evan' Ebel and the 211 Crew

The 211 Crew is a white-supremacist prison gang. The loosely structured group had its early formation in the Denver County Jail, and its members included a...

https://www.policemag.com/374270/evil-evan-ebel-and-the-211-crew

I was assigned to L.A.’s Men’s Central Jail, Module 2400, without the benefit of any custody training at all. There were about 250 inmates divided among...

https://www.policemag.com/373153/going-to-gang-school-part-one

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
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

In the mid-1980s these crack and PCP drug wars exploded into unprecedented violence and open gang wars on the streets of Los Angeles and Compton. The...

https://www.policemag.com/373420/the-grape-street-gang-the-cco-and-honcho-day

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

A mutation of the noble Neanderthal, the Thug neither hunted nor gathered but found it easier to take by violence someone else's gatherings and someone...

https://www.policemag.com/373621/evolution-of-the-thug

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

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 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


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