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 McCarthy Admits Slow Learning Curve – At First – On Changing Gang Structure: CHICAGO (CBS) – Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was cautious Friday in his reaction to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s assessment that the Police Department was slow to react to changes in gang structures as street gangs became more fractured and violent crime spiked. McCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become, after many top gang members had been arrested and imprisoned, leaving gangs with little or no structured leadership.
Source: CBS2, Chicago  Date: 2/28/2014
  
 Community, police partnership credited with reducing violent crime cases: CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Newly released records from the Conway Police Department show the number of violent crimes reported in the city is decreasing. That is good news for people who live along Highway 378 near Highway 501 that has been hit with a string of violence and gang activity in recent years. The renewed partnership between police and neighborhoods has been led by Sergeant Darren Alston who runs the department's program of community meetings and crime watches.
Source: WNBF TV Conway, SC  Date: 2/27/2014
  
 Realtors Oppose Gang Injunction: The Santa Barbara Association of Realtors Board of Directors voted to oppose the City of Santa Barbara’s proposed gang injunction because of “the stigma” the injunction would place on large portions of the city designated as “safety zones.” Board president Ed Fuller said real estate agents would feel compelled to disclose if properties fall within the safety zones ​— ​which compose about 30 percent of the city’s land mass ​— ​and that could have a deleterious effect on sales. “Whether it’s a deep freeze or a light frost, I believe it will have an impact,” Fuller said. “It will not be positive in the short run.”
Source: Santa Barbara Independent  Date: 2/27/2014
  
 Holder Asked to Challenge Asylum for Former MS-13 Gang Member: House Republicans have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to appeal a court decision that would allow criminal gang members who are also illegal immigrants to seek asylum in the U.S. for renouncing their membership. The case involved Julio Martinez, a former member of the MS-13 gang from El Salvador, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit determined last month that he should not be forcibly removed from the country because his life would be in danger.
Source: Colorado Observer  Date: 2/26/2014
  
 Goldsboro groups discuss efforts to fight gangs: GOLDSBORO - People concerned about gang-related crimes and drug abuse in Goldsboro are talking about efforts to fight the violence. On Thursday and Friday, a conference about drug dealers and gang members will be held at Greenleaf Christian Church for adults only. A similar meeting for people 18 years old and younger will be held Friday at Word Faith Center.
Source: WCTI12- Goldsboro, NC  Date: 2/20/2013
  
 Detroit police gang squad, tactical mobile units' futures undecided: The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners has yet to decide whether it will approve the elimination of the Detroit Police Department's gang squad and tactical mobile units, as announced by Mayor Dave Bing last month.
Source: Detroit Free Press  Date: 2/19/2013
  
 Pine Bluff, Arkansas: America’s Most Dangerous Little Town : Pine Bluff, Arkansas is the most dangerous town in America despite its rather small population of 49,000 people and its disconnect from major cities.
Source: The Inquisitor  Date: 2/19/2013
  
 Forces brace for cuts to anti-gang squads and aboriginal police as federal fund expires: The windup of a federal program that was aimed at putting more cops on the street is threatening anti-gang squads and aboriginal police and could stretch existing police resources across the country, law enforcement officials say. In Quebec, several regional organized-crime squads were set up as well as Project Eclipse, a Montreal city police unit originally targeting street gangs which has since had its mandate widened to focus on organized crime. The force’s cyber-crime squad has also been beefed up.
Source: National Post  Date: 2/18/2013
  
 Gang Sweep: Police Arrest Crooks Selling Stolen DVD's: FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) - Fresno police took down a major theft ring involving members of several west side gangs. Police say the ring involves guns, drugs, burglaries, and includes more than 20-thousand dollars worth of popular games and movies from Red Box outlets through out the valley.
Source: KMPH- FOX26  Date: 2/14/2013
  
 29th arrest in federal Latin Kings gang case: Holland — Law-enforcement officials took a 29th person into custody Wednesday as part of a massive federal sweep this week of individuals accused of gang activity. Without question, the arrests put a big dent in Ottawa County gang activity; all those arrested are linked in court documents to the Holland Latin Kings, many in high-ranking roles. Eric Ruibal, Mario Herrera and Desidario Amaro were named in this week's indictment as three regional leaders elected by the Chicago Latin Kings.
Source: Holland Sentinel, Holland, MI  Date: 2/13/2013
  
 2 DeKalb officers facing drug charges suspended: Two officers accused of protecting drug dealers have been suspended, the DeKalb County Police Department announced Wednesday. An FBI SWAT team Tuesday arrested Officer Dennis Duren, 32, a 10-year veteran of the DeKalb force, and Officer Dorian Williams, 25, a five-year veteran. The officers were recorded protecting cocaine deals in a sting operation that began in 2011, according to federal affidavits.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution  Date: 2/13/2013
  
 School district police working to prevent more gang violence : RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A suspect is released on bail after being arrested last night in connection with the shooting of a teenage boy in Reno on Sunday. Another teen was killed on Friday in the same neighborhood. Police say both victims belong to the same gang.
Source:   Date: 2/12/2013
  
 THV-Extra-The-changing-face-of-gangs: TEXARKANA, Ark. (KTHV) -- For years, gangs have been associated with drive-by shootings, drugs and other serious criminal activity. But Texarkana Police says it seems as times have changed, so have the gangs, moving the battle from the streets to the internet
Source: THV11- Texarkana, AR  Date: 2/11/2013
  
 Gang members may be fleeing Ogden for surrounding Utah cities: Ogden • Gang-related crimes in Ogden have dropped by almost half during the past five years. But authorities are unsure whether to attribute the good news more to effective police work or a controversial gang injunction statute — which may be suppressing gang activity as well as prompting gang members to move from Ogden to neighboring cities.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune  Date: 2/7/2013
  
 Group creates videos to curb gang activity: GREENVILLE - Pitt County Sheriff's Office partnered with Greenville Police, the Department of Community Corrections and Vidant Medical Center to make two gang prevention videos. One video shows the perspective of a parent. The other video shows a teenager caught up in crime.
Source: WCTI12- Greenville, SC  Date: 2/1/2013
  
 Tacoma gangs recruit middle schoolers: Kids start joining gangs in middle school, according to a year long assessment of gang activity in Tacoma. The gang assessment report was presented to the Tacoma City Council on Tuesday.The report showed a gap between police statistics on gang membership and other data gathered. Going by police contacts, for example, it would appear criminal activity related to gangs mostly involved people in their 20's. But the Tacoma Gang Project project revealed a large gang membership among younger kids. For example, one of the surveys they drew their conclusions from was the statewide Washington Department of Health's "healthy youth survey." That survey revealed that among Tacoma 8th graders, 8 percent reported being in gangs. The gang assessment report also indicates that middle school is the prime age for gang recruitment
Source: KPIU, Tacoma, WA  Date: 2/29/2012
  
 Judging Santa Rosa's anti-gang efforts: Since 2004, when Santa Rosa voters approved Measure O, taxpayers have spent more than $7 million on gang prevention and intervention programs.
Source: Press Democrat, Santa ROsa, CA  Date: 2/25/2012
  
 Detective: Law enforcement needs to know how to recognize, use female gang members : DOWNEY - Don't mess with the Hello Kitty Mafia. That was just one of the female gangs discussed Friday at the third annual Symposium on Street Gangs and School Safety by the Los Angeles County Department of Education. Santa Ana police Detective Ramona Ruiz said every gang has female members and associates.
Source: Pasadena Star News, Pasadena, CA  Date: 2/24/2012
  
 State of Minnesota seeks ideas on how to identify gang members: Gang members involved in organized crime are less likely today than in the past to flash signs, wear colors or draw attention to themselves because gang members face enhanced penalties if convicted of a crime.
Source: Duluth TImes Tribune, Duluth, MN  Date: 2/24/2012
  
 Experts: Region’s gang policy ineffective: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The day after a fire raged through an overcrowded Honduran prison,killing 350 inmates – most of them awaiting trial or being held as suspectedgang members – two top experts on the subject briefed a U.S. audience on theroots of Central America’s mushrooming gang problem.
Source: Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rico  Date: 2/24/2012
  
 City Condemns Home Where Arrested Gang Member Lived: Members of the police gang unit and the city's code enforcement division visited two houses where gang members were arrested earlier this week, condemning one, and warning owners of the other.
Source: KZTV10, Corpus Christi, TX  Date: 2/23/2012
  
 City sticker design yanked, but not without pain: As controversy swirled, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza weighed concerns from some quarters that gang signs adorned the new city sticker against the feelings of a 15-year-old boy who said winning the contest to design the decal was the best thing that ever happened to him. On Wednesday, Mendoza yanked the teen's version of the vehicle sticker and replaced it with a safer design, one that doesn't include hands drawn in a way that some experts associated with a notorious street gang symbol.
Source: Chicago Tribune  Date: 2/9/2012
  
 Winnipeg group aims to gang up on gangs: An anti-gang initiative involving more than two dozen Winnipeg agencies got underway Wednesday with workshops at the Aboriginal Centre.
Source: Metro News, Winnipeg, CA  Date: 2/9/2012
  
 Group helps at-risk youths change paths: When Xavier Hardin stopped showing up to his job-training program at the United Teen Equality Center in Lowell early last year, he began getting daily visitors at home.
Source: The Boston Globe  Date: 2/9/2012
  
 Gang member license ID plan to be revised: A state representative’s proposal to mark gang members’ driver’s licenses with the letter “G’’ was heard yesterday before the Joint Committee on Transportation at the State House, but it probably will undergo significant revisions after it was later assailed as unconstitutional.
Source: Boston Globe, Boston, MA  Date: 2/7/2012
  
 Bill to restrict gang member interaction going to the House: OLYMPIA, Wash.-- A House committee has passed a measure that lets local law enforcement restrict the behavior of gang members.
Source: KNDU 25  Date: 2/7/2012
  
 Police in southern Chester County say they're targeting gangs aggressively: In a remote area of southern Chester County's mushroom-growing country, young people partying around a bonfire on Dec. 3 scattered when two carloads of Sureños - a Hispanic gang - roared up, wielding bats, boards, knives, brass knuckles, and broken bottles.
Source: The Inquirer, Philedelphia, PA  Date: 2/7/2012
  
 70 arrested in Chattanooga police sweep: A citywide sweep by Chattanooga, Hamilton County and federal officers netted 21 felony arrests and 49 misdemeanor arrests over two days, police said Saturday.
Source: The Times Free Press  Date: 2/4/2012
  
 Huntsville superintendent: Fight at Lee High School was gang initiation: The four students from Lee High School who filmed a fight in a school bathroom and posted the video to YouTube did so as a gang initiation, Huntsville's superintendent said.
Source: The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, AL  Date: 2/4/2012
  
 Suspect Arrested After Stabbing Near Northside High: Fort Smith Police arrested for Manuel DeJesus Ortiz, 18, on suspicion of engaging in violent criminal activity, Thursday afternoon in connection with a gang fight took place near Northside High School.
Source: 5 News, Fort Smith, AR  Date: 2/3/2012
  
 Wichita Sees Spike In Domestic Violence : Eight homicides were gang-related. It was the only category, police said, that spiked over year-to-year totals. Officers made 1,141 gang-related arrests in 2011, down 13-percent from 2010. Gang-related drive-by shootings were also the lowest over a five-year period.
Source: KAKE, Wichita, KS  Date: 2/3/2012
  
 Gang violence threat adds security to Charlotte school .: There was a heavy presence of Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers at M.L.K. Middle School Friday afternoon because of rumors that violence might break out.
Source: WCNC, Charlotte, NC  Date: 2/3/2012
  
 New anti-gang measures in the works : In some ways, Gilroy, Morgan Hill and Hollister have become poster children for an aggressive anti-gang movement over the past four months, highlighted by their participation in two celebrated and widely publicized raids that netted roughly 80 known gang members and their associates.
Source: Morgan Hill Times  Date: 2/2/2012
  
 Mexican Mafia: 119 members, associates nabbed in police dragnet: A federal grand jury in San Diego handed down 17 indictments and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California has filed eight criminal complaints charging a total of 119 suspects with federal racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking violations, and federal firearm offenses, according to a government report obtained by the 14,000-member National Association of Chiefs of Police on Tuesday.
Source: The Examiner  Date: 2/1/2012
  
  
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