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Also by Richard Valdemar

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Gang Intelligence and Surveillance

February 19, 2009

Here is a hint; one of the best ways to build usable gang intelligence to fight gangs is through surveillance.

The Gang Investigator’s Library

February 4, 2009
Here are some law enforcement gang sources and authors that I would recommend. I am unable to list everyone because I only have a limited space. I tried to give a varied mix of more recent textbooks, non-fiction books, Websites, and blogs. I’m going to organize this alphabetically by author.

Breaking the Viking Code

January 28, 2009

“East Los Angeles 24 handle, 23 to assist, 245 just occurred,” came the strangely calm and feminine voice on the radio. The call was directed to my unit. She further described that at least four victims were down and an ambulance and paramedics were already dispatched. She said it was possibly gang related.

Searching for an East L.A. Gang Fugitive

January 19, 2009
Smiley Saenz is no soldier for his barrio. He has brought no glory to his gang, only shame. His brutal murders were cowardly acts of wild uncontrolled violence and his victims are as likely to be women, children, or random citizens as they are gang rivals.

Taggers, Tagger Crews, and Tag Bangers

December 31, 2008

Tagger crews often include people from different ethnic backgrounds and both male and female members. The boys are “Kings” and the girls are “Queens.” The most prolific are kids from 13 to 17 years old. Taggers dress like most other kids but can adopt gang-like dress. Mostly they wear baggy dark colored clothing or perhaps professional sport team clothing.
Taggers need their tools so they often travel with various sizes of aerosol paint tips in a case. They carry “Mean Streak” paint mark

TRG (Tiny Rascal Gangsters): Asian Gangs in Long Beach

December 22, 2008
The TRG shooters ran back to the barbecue on Orange Street then changed their clothing in a garage. An associate hid the 9mm and a second pistol in a laundry basket in his closet.

Chalino Sanchez and the Narcocorridos

December 17, 2008

After Chalino Sanchez, corridos became Mexico’s and the American Latino’s equivalent to gangsta rap and they became super popular. Chalino wrote about his brother, Armando, and his boss, Rigo Campos. He wrote about the good, the bad, and the ugly. He sang about men who overcame impossible poverty to survive and prosper (for a while) as men of means and power, as valientes. They lived and died by violence in a corrupt system standing up for their own dignity.

Sexual Secrets of Gang Culture

December 1, 2008
For females recruited into a gang the male ritual of the “jump in” may be replaced by the ritual “sexed in,” requiring the female to have sex with several or all of the gang members.

How to Make a RICO Case Against Gangs

November 20, 2008
The genius of the RICO statutes is that they work perfectly against organized criminal gangs. A person can be charged even if that person did not directly commit the crime but only agreed to the commission or conspired with the perpetrators in any way.

Gang Turf in Cyberspace

November 7, 2008
Gangs have evolved in criminal and technical sophistication from the school dropouts of the 1960s. Today's gang members utilize all the modern electric means of communication including laptop computers, iPods, Blackberrys, video cameras, and multiple function cellular telephones.

Animal Pit Fights

October 17, 2008
Hip-hop stars, drug dealers, and notorious gang members frequented every cock fighting derby. Because guns and other weapons were openly exposed, disputes often resulted in assaults and homicides.

Gangs at the Airport

October 8, 2008
Airport security means more than just checking passengers for identification and contraband. It should begin with all the airport and airline employees.

Gangs and Citizen Complaints

October 1, 2008
Some complaints defy common sense and law enforcement very rarely files criminal "false reporting" charges against a complaining party when the allegations are found to be false.

Gangs and God

September 24, 2008
Why aren't these clergy using their energy and faith to advocate on behalf of the millions of people injured by gang drug dealing, and gang-related car theft, burglary, robbery, rape and assault?

Gangs and the Projects

September 23, 2008
As a gang investigator, I found that when my case involved project gangs or when the crime occurred in or near the projects, the Housing Authority or Housing Police were the best source for information.

Courage Under Fire

September 19, 2008
When I first joined the LASD I saw many of these same fine traits in most of the sergeants and lieutenants I worked for. My measure of the leadership ability of these supervisors was; "would I follow this person into combat?" And the truth is that most of the time I could answer yes.

Street Gangs Have Their Own Criminal "Culture"

August 29, 2008

Don't let anyone tell you that gang life is part of any ethnicity's culture. It's not.

Learning How to Speak “Gang”

August 22, 2008

I would have them imagine that we were going on a trip to a faraway land, to a country and a culture with very different customs, clothing, family values, and religions. We were going to visit a place where various warring tribes spoke different languages.

Gang Members in the Emergency Room

July 23, 2008

You are now in the middle of a kill zone between two rival and highly agitated gangs. You watch in slow motion as they drop their wounded and draw their guns. It is as though they cannot even see you or recognize your uniform or police vehicle. You are not the intended target, but you could easily be collateral damage.

Richard Valdemar on the Radio

July 22, 2008

Hear Richard Valdemar take part in radio discussions about Los Angeles gangs.

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