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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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Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) Gangs  

May 15, 2012
Dropouts, jail informants, child molesters, and other "softies" segregated in the Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) of California prisons are forming gang sets of their own. Unencumbered by the big four prison gangs that control the main yards, they use their criminal skills and the power of intimidation of their new dropout gang.

20 Years After the Rodney King Riots  

May 1, 2012
Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles. In 1992, major rioting would continue until May 25. Much has changed since those days of anti-police rioting, yet much has remained the same.

Gang Truces Usually Turn Out Badly for Cops  

April 17, 2012
Can you imagine what a gang formed from all aligned Crip and Blood gangs or between the Mexican Mafia and the Nuestra Familia might be capable of?

Tips for Successful Gang Prosecutions  

April 12, 2012
Police officers must have a pristine file, a file that if read by anyone gives all of the information the prosecutor needs.

African Immigrant Gangs  

April 5, 2012
Somali gangs tend to align and adopt gang names based on clan or tribe, although a few have joined national gangs such as the Crips and Bloods.

East Coast Gangs  

March 29, 2012
Are street gangs from different geographic regions really different? Are West Coast gangs different from Midwest Gangs? Are East Coast gangs different from Southern gangs? The answer is they are all the same with a few "twists of lemon."
<p>Two expressions of Sure&ntilde;o gang allegience include the Aztec symbol for 13 (left) and the Nahuatl word &quot;kanpol.&quot; Photo: Rich Valdemar</p>

Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli  

March 14, 2012
Sureños identify with the color blue and use tattoos with the number 13, sureño, sur, south sider, or "kanpol" (a word taken from the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl that means southerner).
<p>Frank &quot;Bosco&quot; Marquez and Anna &quot;Banana&quot; Reed. Photos: Richard Valdemar</p>

Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part II  Law Enforcement Only

March 6, 2012
The girlfriend was provided with a “burnout phone.” A burnout phone is one that would be operational for a few months before being burned out. By that time the bill would have grown to many thousands of dollars, which they had no intention of paying.
<p>These heroin &quot;tomatillos&quot; were seized in Men&#39;s Central Jail in the mid-1990s. Photo: Richard Valdemar</p>

Gangs and Electronic Surveillance—Part I  Law Enforcement Only

March 1, 2012
Sometimes separate local, state, or county police are used for physical surveillance. Occasionally when intercepted communications seem to have gone dormant, the surveillance team will also be used to deliberately arrest or conduct a traffic stop on individuals to cause them to increase their criminal communications or "tickle the wire."
<p>Photo: Richard Valdemar</p>

Off-Duty Gang Confrontations  

February 17, 2012
Do yourself a favor. Your planning for the many facets of an unthinkable off-duty situation must be serious and deliberate. Think about it, and be prepared for these confrontations.
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