Even Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry knew it better to be underestimated by his adversaries.
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.
The fastest-growing gangs in the country today are Hybrid Mexican street gangs. Hybrid gangs have broken away from traditional membership rules based on gender and race.
How to deal with the scourge? Experts say first acknowledge the existence of gangs in your community, then recognize that police enforcement efforts are but one part of the answer.
All types of communities across the nation, youth gangs disrupt public life and deplete law enforcement resources.
A number of law enforcement sources report a dramatic increase the past two years in the number of Ukrainian and Russian immigrant women recruited into slavery and sexually exploited in the New Jersey and New York area.
They may not come from Wall Street but business is booming for street gangs trafficking in drugs
Street gangs in America are nothing new. Some of the earliest identified groups with gang-like behaviors formed after the Revolutionary War in 1793.
In the mid-1950s 13 California Youth Authority (CYA) wards were sent to the Duel Vocational Institute located in Tracy, California. Since the wards were juveniles they were housed in a special section of the adult corrections facility.
Hispanic gangs are among the fastest growing gangs in the country today. Many of the Hispanic gangs that form today across the country claim Sureno or "Sureiio13" allegiance. Why the proliferation? Where did the Sureno gangs originate?