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Investigating Gang Homicides

Investigating Gang Homicides

A gang murder investigation requires your best detective skills to solve the crime and protect the witnesses.

October 22, 2010

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members

Identifying and Documenting Gang Members

Patrol officers are an essential source of gang information and usually make up the front line defense against gangs. Through field contacts and observations, they can supply confirmation of an individual's gang membership.

September 23, 2010

The State of American Law Enforcement - Gangster Nation

The State of American Law Enforcement - Gangster Nation

Ride around the streets of Salisbury, N.C., and you'll see graffiti that looks out of place. Gangs in this Southern city have splattered once-pristine walls with messages pledging allegiance to gangs in Los Angeles and New York City.

November 1, 2008

Graffiti

In a Broken Windows crime model, graffiti is one of those foothold crimes that leads to a neighborhood's decay.

March 1, 2008

School Vandalism

School Vandalism

While such acts are rarely reported in the media, one in three schools has reported acts of vandalism each year. In 1990 more than $600 million in damage to school property was caused by vandals. By understanding the nuances of vandalistic acts, patrol officers can develop specialized responses to help minimize future attacks.

October 1, 2007

Gangs? Not In My Town

Gangs? Not In My Town

Gangs exist everywhere in this country. Although we might like to think we are immune, no community should give in to this belief.

June 1, 2002

How a Group Becomes a Gang

How a Group Becomes a Gang

Gangs can develop from seemingly harmless groups of friends into hardened criminals who may not be obvious as gangbangers.

January 1, 2002

Interpreting That Writing On the Wall

Graffiti continues to be used as a written form of communication between street ganges. An observant patrol officer, police investigator, probation/parole officer, school teacher and gang member can read graffiti and collect valuable information about past, current and future gang activities.

April 1, 1998

American Graffiti Revisited

Today, tagging has become an international issue and taggers can be found worldwide.  From a law enforcement perspective, it is difficult, at best, to monitor and track all of the individual taggers and tag crews.

March 1, 1998

Nations at War Within Windy City Limits

These Chicago-­based gangs follow strict dress codes and use body language as a nonverbal form of communication. A gang member can simply cross his arms to "announce" his gang affiliation.

November 1, 1996

Decoding the Secret Messages on the Wall

Obviously, not all graffiti is gang graf­fiti. But once you are able to decipher their source and secret mes­sages, graffiti becomes a useful source of information.

April 1, 1996

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