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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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<p>Photo courtesy of Open Road Films.</p>

Will 'End of Watch' Shift the Perception of Cops?  

February 11, 2013
"End of Watch" provides a refreshing avoidance of the Hollywood formula. This production has captured the most realistic depiction of everyday police officers working a gang-infested, economically-depressed, crime-ridden area.
<p>Photo via <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/70483689@N00/4630338727/&quot; target=&quot;_self&quot;>kevindean</a>/Flickr.</p>

Are Some Gang Members Serial Killers?  

January 17, 2013
Even in the murderous world of gangs, the most wicked killings are perpetrated by individuals who seem motivated by some other dark, twisted presence within their troubled souls.

Keeping a Holiday Gang Truce  

January 11, 2013
I don't remember any of these holiday truces actually working, but like those classic holiday movies they seem to make us all feel good for the moment, even if they are works of fiction.

Gangs Often Drive Hate Crimes  

December 28, 2012
Today, it's the street gangs, primarily black and Latino that are the real problem, and until law enforcement and the public puts these gangs in check, they'll continue to destroy lives and communities while motivated by blind hate.

Cultivating Effective Gang Informants   

December 5, 2012
In the long war between police gang fighters and the outlaw criminal gangs, gang defectors can be important and valuable allies. Unless someone in your team has the ability to recruit, cultivate, and utilize criminal informants, you're just functioning as procedural processors relying on chance to develop cases.

How To Testify As a Gang Expert  

November 28, 2012
What you do is an art rather than a science, so you must impress the jury with your background, training, and experience.
<p>Sure&ntilde;o graffiti around 1997. CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/62518311@N00/391499444/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>Daquella manera</a></p>

Sureño Fight Club  

November 26, 2012
While in custody, most Sureño gang members are educated in martial arts fighting tactics and are primarily trained in fighting with edged weapons. The culture of jails and prisons is a knife culture. Jail-improvised weapons start with "shanks" but can include spears, clubs, zip guns, and bombs.
<p>Photo courtesy of Richard Valdemar.</p>

Gangs In the Courtroom  

November 7, 2012
Every victim or witness had heard the stories in the ghetto about gang retaliation against those who were foolish enough to snitch on gang members. Most of these stories were only urban legends that grew with each telling. Some were absolutely true. Gangs do target witnesses.

A Financial Weapon To Fight Gangs  

October 22, 2012
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 Mexican drug trafficking organizations such as Los Zetas.
<p>CC_Flickr: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/60616902@N03/5894978440/&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;>United Themes</a></p>

Gang Intelligence and the Need to Know  

October 2, 2012
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 gang activity associated with national and international gangs.
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