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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

LAPD Gang Cops Leave Rather Than Disclose Finances

Dozens of Los Angeles Police officers assigned to gang units are leaving their assignments rather than agreeing to new disclosure rules that require them to provide detailed records of their finances.

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.

Investigating Gang Homicides

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

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.

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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.