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    Question.

    When I was younger, I hung out with some gang members. Most more of the wanna be type, some a little more hard core. (Keep in mind this was about 10 years ago, and have not spoken to any of them since high school)

    Anyways, my question is, would that help me to get on to a gang enforcement detail? I would assume, being that i have extensive knowledge of the history and 'territories' of the majority of local gangs in my county that it would be an asset. (And I fully acknowledge that the officers already working the detail know the same).

    Should I mention it, or not? And is it the type of detail that is sought after, like SWAT?

  • #2
    Originally posted by Scouts Out
    Question.

    When I was younger, I hung out with some gang members. Most more of the wanna be type, some a little more hard core. (Keep in mind this was about 10 years ago, and have not spoken to any of them since high school)

    Anyways, my question is, would that help me to get on to a gang enforcement detail? I would assume, being that i have extensive knowledge of the history and 'territories' of the majority of local gangs in my county that it would be an asset. (And I fully acknowledge that the officers already working the detail know the same).

    Should I mention it, or not? And is it the type of detail that is sought after, like SWAT?

    You are taught the things that you need to know to do your job. Having shady friends that you "hung out" with is not a qualification that would give you ANY advantage over your fellow officers for a gang unit spot.

    Its like an FBI applicant saying during a job interview, I really would like to work in an organized crime unit because when I was younger, I associated with the mob and feel that my knowledge of the inner workings of the mob would be beneficial. I don't think its anything to write home about.

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    • #3
      I wouldn't mention it.
      Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead.

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      • #4
        A gang is defined as a group of individuals, juvenile and or adult, who associate on a continuous basis, form an allegiance for a common purpose, and are involved in delinquent or criminal activity. Probably best not to mention that you associated with criminals.
        No man is justified in doing evil on the grounds of expediency. - Theodore Roosevelt, The Strenuous Life: Essays and Addresses (1900)

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        • #5
          re;

          There is an agency in my area whose name I won't mention. They had a gang unit that was disbanded not to long ago. One of the gang unit officers was a former L.A. gang member. Apparently the guy never got caught doing anything wrong because other than a few traffic violations he did not have a criminal record. The guy had tats all over his arms like sleeves. He started out in the reserves and after many years of working for free 3 days a week they hired him full time as a gang unit officer. The guy was good at his job and was a go getter, I didn't know him personally so I don't know what his character was like. I just never understood how they could let him in, he was a self admitted former member.
          The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and meet it. - Thucydides

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          • #6
            Its kind of like asking if you hung out with bank robbers can you work robbery..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Stan Switek
              Its kind of like asking if you hung out with bank robbers can you work robbery..
              [/sarcasm on]

              Yah, errr uh, I uhh know the inner-workings of a bank job err uh I mean a bank robbery, yah thats it a bank robbery. I used to roll with some cats who did bank jobs, err god dang it, bank robberies but I was never involved in actually doing a bank robbery I just drove the get-a-way car.

              [/sarcasm off]

              LOL

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              • #8
                You should definately tell them
                A thorogh backround investigation could reveal this info, and if you failed to disclose it, it would look like you were trying to hide a criminal history.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stalker3
                  You should definately tell them
                  A thorogh backround investigation could reveal this info, and if you failed to disclose it, it would look like you were trying to hide a criminal history.
                  <<

                  I told them at the onset of my BI. They didn't seem to have a problem with it. I myself didn't gangbang, but a lot of guys I grew up with did.( Southern Cal) So I mentioned in the questionair that yes, I did know gang members when I was younger, or however it was worded on the questionair.

                  My desire to work in gang enforcement is simply because where I grew up had a problem (not nearly as bad now as it was in the 90's), so that's the main thing I would like to fight.

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                  • #10
                    You'll get plenty of experience with the gangs in the jail.
                    "Respect for religion must be reestablished. Public debt should be reduced. The arrogance of public officials must be curtailed. Assistance to foreign lands must be stopped or we shall bankrupt ourselves. The people should be forced to work and not depend on government for subsistence." - Cicero, 60 B.C.

                    For California police academy notes go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CABasicPolice/

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