By: Lou Savelli
Gang intelligence is the foundation of every gang case. Reports are the building blocks of the case structure. Each report, regardless of the type, will add another block of information to the overall case. While all reports can be useful, here are some of the most commonly utilized and valuable reports to document gang activity or compile information on a gang and its members:
Any report that can document a gang member’s actions, whereabouts, and associations can prove extremely useful in a gang investigation. For example, a violent street gang member we were attempting to tie into a conspiracy case was adamant he never drove a black Honda sedan like the vehicle used in a recent drive-by shooting in which four people were shot and two were killed. After a search of parking tickets around his residence, we determined the same type of vehicle was being tagged by the precinct summons officer. A careful check of the gang member’s driving record showed him being issued a red light ticket several months prior while driving a black Honda sedan.
Furthermore, the owner of the Honda was identified and placed in a photo array in front of witnesses to the shooting. While the witnesses could not identify our original target gang member, they did identify the owner of the car as the driver of the Honda on the day of the shooting. The driver, after being arrested, gave up our target gang member as the shooter.
Few effective gang cases, or other cases for that matter, were ever made without the use of paperwork. As tedious as it can be, paperwork is an investigator’s friend.
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