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Slain San Diego Officer Identified, Suspect Charged

Slain San Diego Officer Identified, Suspect Charged

The slain officer, Jonathan DeGuzman, a husband and father of two, was a 16-year police veteran. Chief Shelley Zimmerman said he lost his life trying to make a positive difference and protect his community.

July 30, 2016

Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Why We Should Hire Returning Veterans

Like war, police work can be an ugly job. Like military service, it can be dangerous physically and psychologically. But who's better prepared to endure that crucible than our returning combat veterans?

June 5, 2013

Cultivating Effective Gang Informants

In the long war between police gang fighters and the outlaw criminal gangs, gang defectors can be important and valuable allies. Unless someone in your team has the ability to recruit, cultivate, and utilize criminal informants, you're just functioning as procedural processors relying on chance to develop cases.

December 5, 2012

Chicago Gang Violence: Witnesses Go Silent

It's an old problem and an old code — "don't snitch." And it exists everywhere. But in Chicago, where homicides and shootings are up significantly this year, that old code is leaving a rising number of violent crimes unsolved.

November 13, 2012

Gangs In the Courtroom

Gangs In the Courtroom

Every victim or witness had heard the stories in the ghetto about gang retaliation against those who were foolish enough to snitch on gang members. Most of these stories were only urban legends that grew with each telling. Some were absolutely true. Gangs do target witnesses.

November 7, 2012

IACP 2012: NYPD Doubles Gang Unit To Focus On 'Street Crews'
Gang Intelligence and the Need to Know

Gang Intelligence and the Need to Know

No matter how small or large a town they work in, and whether they work urban or rural, gang cops need to know about and recognize the signs of criminal gang activity associated with national and international gangs.

October 2, 2012

The Changing Face of Criminal Gangs

The Changing Face of Criminal Gangs

We're seeing hybrid gangs pop up all over the country. These gangs can be very hard to document, due to the fact that they may not have any national affiliation, and their names are usually taken from the street, city, town, or neighborhood where they live.

September 17, 2012

N.J. Gang Investigators Provide Training

The New Jersey Gang Investigators Association has scheduled a gang training event later this month covering Bloods and Crips, the group announced. The intelligence sharing roundtable has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 24 in Sayreville.

September 14, 2012

Dismantling a Youth Gang

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.

February 7, 2012

Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

Exploiting the Mexican Mafia's Weaknesses

The Mexican Mafia is composed of cell-like cliques united in a coalition under the umbrella name. These cliques or sub-groups are led by informal charismatic leaders who function under the overall gang structure. Sometimes the nature of this beast aids law enforcement gang fighters in delivering the critical blow.

September 21, 2011

Gang Prevention: A Pound of Cure

Gang Prevention: A Pound of Cure

We may not save every kid from gang involvement, but every kid deserves an opportunity to succeed. Law enforcement officers are the angels of our society, and when even one kid is saved from gang involvement, there are countless others behind and around that kid that we have also prevented from taking the wrong turn at the fork.

May 10, 2011

Portrait of the El Paso Gang Unit

El Paso's Central Tactical Gang Unit was recently named the Police Department's Unit of the Year for building "a rock solid reputation" for its aggressive work in reducing gang activity and its intelligence gathering on the Barrio Azteca gang, the award citation stated.

May 9, 2011

Equal Justice Under the Law?

Equal Justice Under the Law?

If ending corruption is the real goal, let's apply all the regulations equally across the board. I can support mandatory financial disclosure for all gang-unit officers, if this attempt to ensure equal justice under the law is applied to all corruptible government employees equally.

February 8, 2011

High-Crime LAPD Gang Units Dismantled

All but one of the roughly 80 gang officers in the Southeast, 77th, Northeast and Hollenbeck divisions - areas that are home to some of the city's most violent and active gangs - refused.

February 2, 2011