Gangs and the Military                  Carter F. Smith, JD, PhD                  U.S. Army CID (Retired)                 ...
Summary of the problem• Gang members have primary loyalty  to the gang• Military training includes tactics that  gang memb...
• 1.4 million gang members in U.S. (NGIC, 2011).• Increase of 400K over estimated 1 million of 2009 NGIC  estimate, which ...
It’s important for you because• All gang members in the military return  to civilian communities . . . eventually.• MTGMs ...
Suspected Gang-Related                    Investigations/Incidents                                                        ...
Gang-related Investigations and      Intelligence Reports        Gang-related      % of TotalYear   Investigation &    wit...
DOD Instruction 1325.6, Nov 2009       Change 1, February 22, 2012• Active participation in gangs is prohibited.  – Active...
The problem is they are looking for 1stGeneration gangs . . .                    8
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Military personnel in gangs• Most (85.2%) El Paso patrol officers  indicated within 12 months increase in  military in gan...
Crimes committed by MTGMs• 66.6% of El Paso patrol officers estimated up to 25% of crime  committed by military   – Majori...
Law Enforcement Perception• All El Paso patrol officers indicated MTGMs  already had affiliations prior to joining.  – Maj...
Law Enforcement Perception 2• Patrol officers:   – 45% agreed gang members using military equipment   – 59% disagreed pres...
Relationships with military• Most (67.3%) patrol officers reported  working relationship with military  authorities.• Many...
HOW BIG A DEAL IS IT?
• Death of Juwan L.  Johnson in 2005  – Eight service members    are suspects.• Investigators  concluded Johnson  was beat...
“I just don’t picture my sonjoining a gang” . . . “Does it       make any sensethat he would join a gang inGermany just we...
5 top Tijuana cops accused              of working with gang• Five high-ranking officers in 2,100-officer  Tijuana PD deta...
How Big a deal is it?    Gang members trained for these roles•   Infantry               • Medical•   Telecommunications   ...
How Big a deal is it?Gang members trained to use•   Weapons•   Ammunition•   Grenades•   Night Vision Goggles•   Ballistic...
April 2011: U.S. StateDepartment issued warnings   advising to defer non- essential travel to much ofMexico due to threat ...
Zetas        22
• Three Mexican nationals in conspiracy to  trade drugs and cash for military-grade  weapons in Feb 2010.• Sinaloa drug ca...
• More than 38,000 people killed since Mexico  launched war on drug gangs in December  2006.• April 2011 was most violent ...
AND THEN . . .                 25
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AND IF THAT’S NOT BAD ENOUGH . . .                                27
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Recommendations• Comply with Executive Order and  prohibit gangs• Adopt uniform federal definition of  gangs• Identify gan...
Recommendations• Acknowledge increase in gang-crime  and address problems• Continuously determine active gang  affiliation...
Gangs and the Military            Carter F. Smith, JD, PhD            U.S. Army CID (Retired)           carterfsmith@gmail...
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Communities everywhere have experienced the negative effects of street gangs. The presence of military-trained gang members (MTGMs) in the community increases the threat of violence to citizens. The problem addressed was the apparently growing presence of military-trained gang members in civilian communities in two southern states. The purpose was to determine the perceived presence of military-trained gang members and examine whether there was a relationship between the perceptions of gang investigators regarding the presence and the size of their jurisdictions, the proximity of their jurisdictions to a military installation, and the extent to which investigators participate in anti-gang activities. The Army, Army National Guard, and Army Reserve were identified as the largest sources of MTGMs and the Bloods, Crips, and Gangster Disciples were the gangs most represented. Military leaders should acknowledge the increase in gang-related crime and address the problems caused for both military and civilian communities without attempting to quantify the threat level. Military leadership should continuously examine activities of all suspected gang members for active gang affiliation for retention purposes while evaluating any gang affiliation for security clearances. Military Law Enforcement liaison for recruiters should develop effective communication with law enforcement agencies to assist with information sharing.

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    The research reported in this paper was based on a survey designed in preparation for the Military Gang Perception Questionnaire (Smith, 2011b), and was administered to two populations. Participants in the first population attended a Tennessee Gang Investigators Association (TNGIA) training session in Millington, Tennessee in 2010. Members of the El Paso Police Department working at the uniform street level were also surveyed. The intent was to determine if the street level officer near the Texas-Mexico border was seeing the type of activity being reported by gang investigators in a more central U.S. location. The survey instrument included general questions involving crime in general, gang crime and crime associated to gang members who were also in the military.
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  • Gang investigators' perceptions of military trained gang members in the southern us

    1. 1. Gangs and the Military Carter F. Smith, JD, PhD U.S. Army CID (Retired) carterfsmith@gmail.com 615-656-3505 http://www.gangsinthemilitary.com
    2. 2. Summary of the problem• Gang members have primary loyalty to the gang• Military training includes tactics that gang members can teach to others• Civilian Police Officers are not regularly trained to respond to military tactics
    3. 3. • 1.4 million gang members in U.S. (NGIC, 2011).• Increase of 400K over estimated 1 million of 2009 NGIC estimate, which was 26% higher than 2007.• 2010 U.S. Army (CID) Gang and Extremist Activity Threat Assessment reported decrease of 68%. – 2009 Assessment documented 2X increase since 2006 and significant year-to-year increase since 2003.• > 10% of gang members have military training (Smith & Doll, 2012).• Most common military gang-related crimes involved drug trafficking, aggravated assaults, housebreaking and larceny cases, attempted homicides, and sexual assault investigations (CID, 2005-2011; NGIC, 2009; Sazonov, 2011). 3
    4. 4. It’s important for you because• All gang members in the military return to civilian communities . . . eventually.• MTGMs enter communities and teach tactics to local gang members.• MTGMs have committed murder, racketeering, and drug distribution. 4
    5. 5. Suspected Gang-Related Investigations/Incidents 2003 2004 150 2005 2006 100 2007 2… 2008 50 2009 2… 2… 2010 0 2… 22 7Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010ROI 7 5 5 10 16 17 27 34 11Other 22 8 4 13 44 62 92 109 102
    6. 6. Gang-related Investigations and Intelligence Reports Gang-related % of TotalYear Investigation & with DON Intel Rpts Nexus2011 115 1.1114%2010 120 1.1878%2009 130 0.0891%2008 67 0.2037% • Gang activity represents < 2 % of all NCIS reports. • In 2011, 1.1114% of felony reports were gang-related; gang threat LOW. 6
    7. 7. DOD Instruction 1325.6, Nov 2009 Change 1, February 22, 2012• Active participation in gangs is prohibited. – Active participation includes. . . fundraising; demonstrating or rallying; recruiting, training, organizing, or leading members; distributing material (including posting on-line); knowingly wearing gang colors or clothing; having tattoos or body markings associated with such gangs or organizations; or otherwise engaging in activities in furtherance of the objective of such gangs or organizations that are detrimental to good order, discipline, or mission accomplishment or are incompatible with military service
    8. 8. The problem is they are looking for 1stGeneration gangs . . . 8
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    10. 10. Military personnel in gangs• Most (85.2%) El Paso patrol officers indicated within 12 months increase in military in gangs – 88.9% indicated gang members in jurisdiction in military• Gang investigators asked about previous 5 years, and 77% reported increase in military personnel associated with gangs – 25% indicated that there were gang members in their jurisdiction that were currently in the military. 10
    11. 11. Crimes committed by MTGMs• 66.6% of El Paso patrol officers estimated up to 25% of crime committed by military – Majority gang investigators (28%) reported up to 10%.• Patrol officers indicated majority MTGM junior enlisted (E-1 – E-4). – 83.3% of crimes involved drug offenses. – 79.6% involved assaults. – 72.2% involved in weapons offenses.• Gang investigators reported 36% of gang members lower-enlisted (E-1 – E-4), additional 12% non-commissioned (E-5 and above). – 42% of crimes committed involved drug offenses, – 23% involved assaults. – only 10% involved weapons. 11
    12. 12. Law Enforcement Perception• All El Paso patrol officers indicated MTGMs already had affiliations prior to joining. – Majority of patrol officers aware of gang affiliation from personal interviews, and/or other law enforcement sources.• Most (31%) gang investigators indicated MTGMs already had affiliations prior to joining. – Half became aware of affiliation from personal interviews, and/or other law enforcement sources. 12
    13. 13. Law Enforcement Perception 2• Patrol officers: – 45% agreed gang members using military equipment – 59% disagreed pressure to downplay military connection – 43.2% agreed, 35% disagreed military forthcoming with information regarding gangs• Gang investigators: – 25% agree gang members using military equipment – 28% disagree pressure to downplay military connection – 13% agreed, 21% disagreed military forthcoming with gang information 13
    14. 14. Relationships with military• Most (67.3%) patrol officers reported working relationship with military authorities.• Many (37%) gang investigators indicated agency had working relationship with military authorities. 14
    15. 15. HOW BIG A DEAL IS IT?
    16. 16. • Death of Juwan L. Johnson in 2005 – Eight service members are suspects.• Investigators concluded Johnson was beaten to death during “jumping in” gang initiation linked to suspected ceremony. Gangster Disciples
    17. 17. “I just don’t picture my sonjoining a gang” . . . “Does it make any sensethat he would join a gang inGermany just weeks before he’s going to leave?”
    18. 18. 5 top Tijuana cops accused of working with gang• Five high-ranking officers in 2,100-officer Tijuana PD detained by Mexican federal forces.• Two were military captains on leave, hired as part of major anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by Tijuana’s secretary of public safety. – Ties to Sinaloa cartel.• One was former member of ministerial police. 18
    19. 19. How Big a deal is it? Gang members trained for these roles• Infantry • Medical• Telecommunications • Intelligence and• Paralegal Electronic Warfare• Military Police • Psychological Operations• Intelligence Analyst • Finance• Transportation • Chemical Munitions• Logistics • Explosive Ordnance• Communications • Recruiter
    20. 20. How Big a deal is it?Gang members trained to use• Weapons• Ammunition• Grenades• Night Vision Goggles• Ballistic Vests M4A1 Carbine Police: Same Man Robs 2 So. Fla. Burger Kings With AK-47
    21. 21. April 2011: U.S. StateDepartment issued warnings advising to defer non- essential travel to much ofMexico due to threat of armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping and murder by Zetas. 21
    22. 22. Zetas 22
    23. 23. • Three Mexican nationals in conspiracy to trade drugs and cash for military-grade weapons in Feb 2010.• Sinaloa drug cartel – largest drug-smuggling gang in Mexico.• Anti-aircraft missiles, anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers and M-60 machine guns• Arrest while attempting to deliver nearly 12 pounds of methamphetamine as partial down payment for military-grade weapons. 23
    24. 24. • More than 38,000 people killed since Mexico launched war on drug gangs in December 2006.• April 2011 was most violent month yet, with 1,402 deaths• Soldiers found mass graves of the drug war.• Many gang leaders infiltrated police, courts, prisons and town halls.• Drug hit men killed U.S. agent and wounded another in central Mexico – worst attack on U.S. officials in more than a decade. 24
    25. 25. AND THEN . . . 25
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    27. 27. AND IF THAT’S NOT BAD ENOUGH . . . 27
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    31. 31. Recommendations• Comply with Executive Order and prohibit gangs• Adopt uniform federal definition of gangs• Identify gangs and related groups as Security Threat Groups 31
    32. 32. Recommendations• Acknowledge increase in gang-crime and address problems• Continuously determine active gang affiliation for retention purposes and security clearances 32
    33. 33. Gangs and the Military Carter F. Smith, JD, PhD U.S. Army CID (Retired) carterfsmith@gmail.com 615-656-3505 http://www.gangsinthemilitary.com

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