Since the early 1990s, when law enforcement began ejecting known gang members — illegally in the U.S.— back to their native countries, a crisis began developing which has spread across national borders. These gang members — who acquired their criminal skills on the streets of Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York— learned to cross national borders with their expertise and language skill. They are returning in growing numbers, bringing their drugs, human trafficking victims, and violence back to our cities.
PARRY: The challenges are many. There is an overwhelming amount of information about gangs. This information has to be gathered, analyzed and disseminated in a timely manner. There is no one national data base for prison and street gang information. And there are so many different and incompatible data bases in the country it is difficult to share the information electronically. And of course the fear that some intelligence will not be shared or the dots connected in a timely manner in order to prevent a violent act.
PARRY: In general terms the NGIC has supported a number of large, complex investigations of gangs that are considered transnational, meaning they operate in several states and in some foreign countries.
PARRY: Gang members started migrating to locate new areas for drug markets. Gangs are a global threat. There are outlaw motorcycle gangs operating across the world. There are several gangs operating in Central and
PARRY: Absolutely. Terrorists are aligning themselves with drug organizations who rely heavily on street gangs for their daily operations. We know that terrorist organizations are attempting to radicalize inmates and gang members in U.S. prisons.
PARRY: All of the above.
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PARRY: The gangs have for years used threat, fear and intimidation against witnesses and victims in order to dissuade them from testifying in court. The gangs now use those same tactics against law enforcement. I have personally been the target of three confirmed threats to my life and one to my immediate family. In each of these cases a “Threat Assessment” was conducted to determine if the threat was real, the motive behind the threat and the possibility of the threat being perpetrated against me. Threats are not uncommon and are sometimes made to back the officer off or get the officer transferred to another case. Officers have to be very cautious when working. The presence of a threat only heightens the officer’s situational awareness.
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