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Richard Valdemar

Richard Valdemar

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.

Blog - Gangs - April 2010

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies assigned to the Operation Safe Streets unit. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

Going Beyond Suppression Patrols To Eradicate Gangs  Law Enforcement Only

April 26, 2010
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Curtis Jackson pioneered a different way to attack gangs. Instead of using "show of force" suppression patrols, Jackson relied on intelligent tactics.
A Crips 'tag' depicting the gang's trademark hand sign shows up on a wall on Classon Avenue in Brooklyn. Image via (horseycraze).

Facing the Facts of Gang Denial  

April 19, 2010
Denial and minimization of a gang problem allows the city's criminal gangs to take root. It also thwarts proactive anti-gang measures.
A confiscated prison drawing should warn LEOs about the dangers of the Surenos and their prison-gang masters, the Mexican Mafia.

Mexican Mafia: The Most Dangerous Gang  

April 12, 2010
No matter which big bad bloody band of barrio bad boys you might be dealing with, I'll bet they are taking their orders from prison-gang inmates. And when one prison gang member can walk with immunity into some street gang's turf and order them to murder one of their own, that's a clue.
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