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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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Blog - Gangs

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Gangs at the Airport   

October 8, 2008
Airport security means more than just checking passengers for identification and contraband. It should begin with all the airport and airline employees.

Gangs and Citizen Complaints   

October 1, 2008
Some complaints defy common sense and law enforcement very rarely files criminal "false reporting" charges against a complaining party when the allegations are found to be false.

Gangs and God   

September 24, 2008
Why aren't these clergy using their energy and faith to advocate on behalf of the millions of people injured by gang drug dealing, and gang-related car theft, burglary, robbery, rape and assault?

Gangs and the Projects  

September 23, 2008
As a gang investigator, I found that when my case involved project gangs or when the crime occurred in or near the projects, the Housing Authority or Housing Police were the best source for information.

Courage Under Fire  Law Enforcement Only

September 19, 2008
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 ability of these supervisors was; "would I follow this person into combat?" And the truth is that most of the time I could answer yes.

Street Gangs Have Their Own Criminal "Culture"  

August 29, 2008

Don't let anyone tell you that gang life is part of any ethnicity's culture. It's not.

Learning How to Speak “Gang”  Law Enforcement Only

August 22, 2008

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 values, and religions. We were going to visit a place where various warring tribes spoke different languages.

Gang Members in the Emergency Room  

July 23, 2008

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 guns. It is as though they cannot even see you or recognize your uniform or police vehicle. You are not the intended target, but you could easily be collateral damage.

Richard Valdemar on the Radio  

July 22, 2008

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

Treasure Hunters and the Desert Madness  

July 11, 2008
LASD SEB (SWAT) was called in. They approached the structures in an armored car. Suspect Kueck engaged the SEB vehicle with his .223 assault rifle giving away his position. A heavier LAPD SWAT armored battering ram was brought up and tear gas was fired into the wooden structure.
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