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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 - December 2011

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<p>Photo: Richard Valdemar</p>

Knocking Down Barrio Azteca  

December 27, 2011
The Barrio Azteca gang members organize themselves using a paramilitary structure and apply English terms or their Spanish equivalent words for ranks such as captain, lieutenant, and sergeant. By current estimates, more than 2,000 members make up their ranks. They often use the letters "BA" or numbers "21" as their identifying symbols and tattoos.
<p>One of the Correctional Officers being arrested outside the PGDOC. Photo:&nbsp;Tony Avendorph</p>

Corrections: Stopping Gang Infiltration  

December 22, 2011
The Prince George's County (Md.) Police Department began seeing an increasing gang presence inside their jail. As a result, officers with the gang unit went on a mission to identify gang members within the county's Department of Corrections.
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