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The Tiny Rascal Gang: Big Trouble  

January 1, 2000

By the mid 1980s Cambodian street youths started to band together for protection from the street gangs.  These young kids realized that as a group, they could be stronger, they could become the aggressors, not the victims, and they could make more money.

Working Gangs From Inside Prison  

May 1, 1999

Approximately 55 officially titled "Security Risk Groups" (SRG) are being tracked at Rikers, including major national gangs such as the Latin Kings, the Bloods, the Crips, and the Neatas. The GIU is also tracking groups that are affiliated with organized crime and narcotics.

Skinheads: The New Nazis  

December 1, 1998

Recently, an outbreak of racist-related violence surged through the suburbs of Denver, Colo. This included the shooting of a police officer before the gunman, a reported white supremacist skinhead. Because of their beliefs and actions, the skinheads should be recognized as the "new Nazis."

Tags: Skinheads

High Court Gang Case Tests America's Resolve  

December 1, 1998

About the time you finish perusing this issue of POLICE, the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing arguments in a gang-related case that - regardless of how it is decided - will have far-reaching effects for law officers, undoubtedly for years to come.

Beating the Devil  

June 1, 1998

The term, ritual crime, is often associated with occult religion.  Such crimes may include: graffiti, animal mutilations, kidnap, substance abuse, sexual abuse, child molestation, grave-site desecration and murder.

Tags: Occult

When Tragedy Struck, the Army Was There to Help  

May 1, 1998

To my horror, the first sergeant told me that my son, who is active-duty enlisted with the 43rd Engineers in the United States Army, had been shot in the head and was not expected to survive.

Interpreting That Writing On the Wall  

April 1, 1998

Graffiti continues to be used as a written form of communication between street ganges. An observant patrol officer, police investigator, probation/parole officer, school teacher and gang member can read graffiti and collect valuable information about past, current and future gang activities.

Tags: Graffiti

American Graffiti Revisited  

March 1, 1998

Today, tagging has become an international issue and taggers can be found worldwide.  From a law enforcement perspective, it is difficult, at best, to monitor and track all of the individual taggers and tag crews.

Gang Tracking: War on Gangs Goes Hi-Tech  

December 1, 1996

Loco wears his scar almost like a first-place ribbon. The curved line of flesh that arcs around his left, eye like a backward "c" has been his badge of honor for years, the mark of a gangster who has made it, who is not afraid to put himself in harm's way for the glory of the hood or the repu­tation of his gang.

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews  

December 1, 1996

The ultimate goal of a gang investiga­tion is to find the truth. What happened? Who did it? How? As law enforcement officers, how do we arrive at the truth? What is our part in the game plan? Here are some suggestions that may be useful for patrol personnel, detectives and fol­low-up investigators when dealing with witnesses and victims of gang crimes.

 

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