GANG INVESTIGATION 101: THE BASICS
By: Lou Savelli
Gang Investigation 101 can be defined as a combination of enforcement and investigation fundamentals coupled with anti-gang basics needed to conduct proper investigations against gangs. The gang officer no longer has the luxury of only identifying gang graffiti and throwing thugs up against the wall, he has to be able to enforce every law of the street, a few traffic laws, and be able to investigate any crime committed by the gangs in his or her jurisdiction. Today, that’s Gangs 101. In my opinion, we need to take it one step further. We need to be more aggressive and be proactive in our enforcement and investigative efforts against gangs. Proactive investigations, by far, are more successful than any other type of investigation.
Gang Investigation 101 combines a multitude of tasks and abilities necessary for today’s gang investigator to be successful. These abilities include:
Gang investigation is not as simplistic as other investigations because gangs involve many members and a constant source of recruits. Every gang investigation must be multifaceted and consider a variety of resources and disciplines to be successful. With the increasing popularity of ‘gangsters’ in the media, all law enforcement agencies must endeavor to combat gangs proactively.
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