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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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<p>Screenshot: Rampart</p>

Movie Review: Rampart  

February 14, 2012
"Rampart" is another depiction of the evil white-guy cop, played this time by over-the-top Woody Harrelson, and the good black guy played by gangbanger-gone-actor Ice Cube.

Dismantling a Youth Gang  

February 7, 2012
While working as an armed probation officer and investigator in Westchester County, N.Y., it became clear to me that criminal youth gangs were active and operating under the noses of the authorities in my jurisdiction.

The Bite of Illegal Immigrant Gang Members  

January 23, 2012
"10 Years On the Line" is the factual account of Mike Ligon's 10 years as an immigration, customs and border officer. It illuminates and places a critical magnifying glass over the checkpoint at Douglas, Arizona—this nation's most corrupt point of entry.

The National Gang Threat Assessment's Sanitized Statistics  

January 11, 2012
The National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) generates several law enforcement reports about the activity and numbers of criminal gangs in the United States. The intended purpose of these reports is to "reduce the threat, incidence, and prevalence of violent crime."
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LASD Jail Probe: A View From the Inside  

January 3, 2012
While behind bars, I honed my skills with on-the-job training. I learned how to slip out of my handcuffs, cut metal, and smuggle knives, hacksaws, and drugs. Most of all, I learned how to manipulate, intimidate, and confuse deputies who were still learning how to be cops.
<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>
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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.

How a Cartel Enforcer Thrived In Lockup  

November 23, 2011
Jose "Bat" Marquez received a life sentence for trafficking methamphetamine from a prison cell. Most law enforcement officials would consider this a success; however, it was too little, too late for those of us familiar with his criminal past as a violent enforcer for Mexican Mafia and Tijuana drug cartel.
<p>Screenshot: Partial cover of Gabe Morales&#39; book &quot;Varrio Warfare: Violance in the Latino Community.&quot;</p>

Field Report: Latino Gangs In Washington State  Law Enforcement Only

November 16, 2011
The Latino gangs in Washington, while still outnumbered by Black gangs, have steadily increased, and law enforcement must become more aware of their criminal activities.
<p>Photo: <a href=&quot;http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobtilden/&quot;>rtilden</a>.</p>

California's Budget Fix: Cut Gang and Drug Fighters  

November 7, 2011
State lawmakers are positioning their budget axe over the heads of the state Department of Justice's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement (BNE) and Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence (BII).
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