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

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

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

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 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

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

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

One day my team conducted a parole search of a Nazi Low Rider. Coincidently, it happened on his four-year-old son’s birthday. We found a birthday cake...

https://www.policemag.com/373318/mama-dont-let-your-babies-grow-up-to-be-monsters

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

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

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 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
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

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
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

Maybe judges should be made to spend some time with prison staff inside the walls to educate themselves in a practical way on the true realities of life in...

https://www.policemag.com/373608/the-dangers-of-judicial-arrogance
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
Equal Justice Under the Law?

If ending corruption is the real goal, let's apply all the regulations equally across the board. I can support mandatory financial disclosure for all...

https://www.policemag.com/373732/equal-justice-under-the-law
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
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

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
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

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
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
Medical Marijuana: California's Biggest Losers

Wake up California; you've been sold a lie. This lie has allowed the Mexican (and other) cartels and gangs to produce huge crops of unregulated marijuana...

https://www.policemag.com/373950/medical-marijuana-californias-biggest-losers
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

"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

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
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
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

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

Throughout history gangs have developed, multiplied, and mutated into many forms. Today one of law enforcement’s biggest problems is the inability of law...

https://www.policemag.com/372930/how-to-tell-that-a-group-is-a-gang

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

Recently the FBI published a study entitled "Violent Encounters: A study of Felonious Assaults on Our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers," which...

https://www.policemag.com/373040/the-killing-mindset

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

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

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

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

Winning potential gang members' minds and hearts occurs early, often as early as grammar school. It is founded in the common experiences almost all...

https://www.policemag.com/373105/how-good-kids-are-seduced-into-gangspart-1

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
Are Muslim Radicals Crossing Our Border?

The transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations and Muslim terrorists have taken advantage of American apathy and the lack of will in Latin America....

https://www.policemag.com/373676/are-muslim-radicals-crossing-our-border
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

Any teacher, preacher, lawyer, cop, psychologist, gang crime victim, good mother, or good father would be more effective in gang prevention than a dozen...

https://www.policemag.com/373384/failed-and-fruitful-tactics-for-combating-gangs
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

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
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
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

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

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
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

The greatest cost and symptom of our demise as a nation is the lasting affect these criminal gangs have on our system of law and justice. The corruption...

https://www.policemag.com/373848/public-corruption-at-the-u-s-mexico-border


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