POLICE Magazine

JAN 2019

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28 POLICE JANUARY 2019 BACK IN 2013 a patrol deputy in my county stopped a vehicle full of young men. After the deputy checked the occupants through a law enforcement database, he learned that some of the occupants of the vehicle were confirmed gang members. e deputy then called over the ra- dio for a gang unit to respond to his scene. As a sheriff's office gang investigator I answered that call and was in- trigued by what I found. e confirmed gang members in that vehicle were in different, and traditionally competing, criminal street gangs including Versatile Clique, Bloods, and Crips. Competing gangs associating with one another was and is not a com- pletely new phenomenon to me or other law enforcement officers, but after that call I saw that it was beginning to become increasingly common. STRANGE ALLIANCES Today's gangs are ever evolving, as are most things. e gangs veteran cops grew up investigating seem to be fading faster each day. Alliances shift and change every day and are often influenced by the desire to illegally obtain money in a short amount of time. e result can be alliances between such traditional enemies as Bloods and Crips. ese alliances create decentralized hybrid gangs that organize, plan, and g of Hybrid Gangs The Rise The Rise On the street and even in prisons, gang culture is changing, and your investigative assumptions, methods, and practices must change as well. Ryan Jones PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

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