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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

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

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

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

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

Gangs: The 'Ultimate' In Police Work

Gangs: The 'Ultimate' In Police Work

In his years as a gang cop, Sgt. James Bisetti witnessed few gang members in Long Beach, which is primarily a Crip-gang city, successfully leave gang life.

December 9, 2010

Evaluating Gang Training for Officers

If you're looking for good gang training, remember all gang training is not equal. Many of these sources suffer from poor curriculum and sub-standard instructors.

October 18, 2010

Know Your Enemy's History

One must understand our adversary's history and motivation in order to predict his future activities. Real intelligence opens the mind to why and how the adversary thinks, so we might be proactive rather than reactive to his attack.

July 28, 2010

Corrections Officers Give You the Edge

If you are a law enforcement administrator, consider multiplying your gang intelligence resources with a gang liaison officer or gang unit in the jail. If you are a gang officer working on the street, consider cultivating an in-custody officer to assist you in the jail.

July 8, 2010

Going Beyond Suppression Patrols To Eradicate Gangs

The Gang Investigator’s Library

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.

February 4, 2009