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Don’t become complacent this time because subjects were cooperative and non-threatening before. Always be prepared for the unexpected.

Splitting Seconds  

November 1, 2001

By Al Valdez

Don't let 'routine' get in the way of solid officer safety tactics. Familiarity breeds false security.

Now They Know How the Shopkeepers Feel  

November 1, 2001

By Commander Gilmore

In the peaceful, crime-free democratic country of South Africa (you know, the latest "workers' paradise"), crime is so rampant that the crooks are running out of victims to rob. Recently, the government even decided to stop mailing pension checks because so many old folks were getting' koshed and robbed outside the banks where they cashed 'em.

Preventing School Weapons Assaults  

May 1, 2001

By Michael Dorn

While our children are safer in school than they are in many other settings, they are often far less safe than they should, and could, be.

Funerals are an all too common occurrence in the lives of those touched by gang violence.

Looking at a Year of Developments  

December 1, 2000

By Investigator Al Valdez

Looking back at this year, street gang behaviors have changed little. However, those of us who work the street must have noticed a few unique changes in the types of gang alliances, memberships and the crimes in which some street gangs have been involved.

New Gang Trends?  

November 1, 2000

By Investigator Al Valdez

Everything undergoes change and gangs are no exception.

The Straight Edge Scene: Rated XXX  

September 1, 2000

By Investigator Al Valdez

Many of today's "youth groups" have been heavily influenced by the music scene.  Of all the movements, one in particular, Straight Edge, still maintains strong ties with the music world.

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Let's Party  

August 1, 2000

By Al Valdez

Like other street groups, party crews are affected by changing trends, new members joining, older members leaving and technology. One thing to re­member is that most party crew mem­bers do not seek the violence that is found on the street.

Put Full Service Gang Units to Work  

July 1, 2000

By Al Valdez

To combat the gang problem, use the components of prevention, suppression and intervention.

Small Town Gangs: Big-Time Problem  

June 1, 2000

By Detective Gary Martin

Even Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry knew it better to be underestimated by his adversaries.

Kids' Needs and the Attraction of Gangs  

June 1, 2000

By James D. Rowell

We have for years debated the growth of gangs. From inter­viewing hard-core gang members in and out of prison, there seems to be a pattern that emerges.

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