3 key attributes of successful gang investigators

If your intention is to one day work the gang unit, you can develop (or further refine) the skills and expertise you will need


Conducting gang investigations is an entirely different animal than working investigations into a series of residential burglaries or a sexual deviant peeping into garden-level apartments of your local female population. Gangs are complex criminal enterprises which require a different type of invigorative approach than most other investigations. Gangs finance their nefarious activities through the commission of everything from drug trafficking operations to the creation and sale of counterfeit goods (not to mention extortion, gambling, prostitution, armed robbery, automobile chop shops, and a host of other crimes favored by gangs). Gangs are constantly evolving, moving into new cities and towns even as they are flushed from other areas. Gangs investigators, then are necessarily a different breed than those detectives who focus on “ordinary” criminals.

In response to a handful of inquiries submitted to me from PoliceOne Members who want to get into the area of gang investigation, I recently spoke with a couple of seasoned gang investigators — both of whom will go unnamed here as they are still in the thick of the fight in their local areas — to get a handle on the top three key attributes of successful gang investigators.

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