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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.
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A view of the U.S.-Mexico border near Nogales, Ariz., looking toward Mexico. Photo by Paul Clinton.

Are Muslim Radicals Crossing Our Border?  Law Enforcement Only

November 30, 2010
The transnational gangs, drug trafficking organizations and Muslim terrorists have taken advantage of American apathy and the lack of will in Latin America. They have formed alliances and united against U.S. interests.
Photo via The-Jeff (Flickr).

Paintball Wars: Effective Reality-Based Training  

November 23, 2010
Based on my experience, I'd say my paintball games were more realistic and useful training experiences than any contrived multiple-target drill, falling plates, or even live shoot house. These scenarios are good, but they are all "set up."
Photo via magoexperto (Flickr).

Paintball Wars: Defending Against Multiple Attackers  

November 16, 2010
In paintball scenarios, you battle multiple adversaries often in close quarter combat in urban or built-up locations. You either assault or defend a position. You must shoot and move. This, in my opinion, beats time on most static pistol ranges.

When the Mexican Mafia Takes Out a Pawn  

November 9, 2010
Art Romo's association with high powered La Eme members, his loyal service as a liaison to the drug cartels, his close association to Mexican Mafia lawyers, and his usefulness as a front man, meant nothing when challenged by a real made member.
Photo courtesy of Lou Savelli.

Field Interviews During Gang Stops  

November 2, 2010
Whether I was recovering a weapon, apprehending a wanted gangster, documenting an association between gangsters, interrupting a drive-by shooting or gang fight, recording a gang member at a specific time, place and location, or developing rapport, they were all fruitful.
Informant Michael Robinson suffered a heart attack that may have been a result of the intimidation he experienced, after a newspaper story identified him. Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.

A Jaundiced Eye and Blood Red Ink  

October 28, 2010
The Times apparently now has a policy of protecting teen suspects from public exposure, while choosing to expose a witness who courageously risked testifying in the court. As the LAPPL aptly asked, "Why do this?" The answer is shameful: to sell papers.

Evaluating Gang Training for Officers  

October 18, 2010
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 instructors.

Angels and Angel Dust  

October 12, 2010
This wanton disregard for others including the innocent children who must live in a gang household is like the twisted sickness that causes arsonists it start uncontrolled fires even when their own home and family might be consumed.

Los Angeles Times Story Threatens Safety of Key Witness  

October 4, 2010
Understandably, witnesses often have deep fears of retaliation by other gang members. That didn't dissuade Times Staff Writer Victoria Kim from exercising extremely poor judgment in reporting the names of witnesses who testified at the trial.

Evolution of the Thug  

September 29, 2010
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 else's sexual mates.
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