Book Review: Policing Gangs in America Essay

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This book review covers Policing Gangs in America by Charles Katz and Vincent Webb. Charles Katz has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, while Vincent Webb has a Ph.D. in Sociology, making both qualified to conduct and discuss research on gangs. Research for Policing Gangs in America was gathered in four cities across the American Southwest; Inglewood, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona. This review will summarize and discuss the main points of each chapter, then cover the relationship between the literature and class discussions in Introduction to Policing and finally it will note the strengths and weaknesses of book.
The first chapter of Policing Gangs in America is entitled, “Studying the
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Information was gathered through field research, interviews, document reviews and data analysis.
Chapter three moves on to address the “Historical Analysis of Gangs and Gang Control.” This chapter is important to understanding each city’s history of gang problems as it features an in-depth look at the formation of gangs in each city and how the police reacted to them from 1960-2000. The chapter is organized into sections by city and follows Inglewood (1960-1999), Albuquerque (1960-1999), Las Vegas (1980-1999) and finally, Phoenix (1970-1999). Tables of statistics are used to show the growth of gangs in Albuquerque to provide numerical graphics for the reader (pp. 58).
The next chapter entitled, “[The] Scope and Nature of the Current Gang Problem,” focuses on recent trends in number of gangs, gang members and gang-related crimes in each city. In Inglewood, almost all the neighborhoods were claimed by at least one gang, with gang-unit officers agreeing that the city was facing a major gang problem. In Albuquerque, gangs were involved in drug trafficking and property offenses, with 7 out of 8 gang-unit officers believing the city had a major gang problem. In Las Vegas, migration from other cities was thought to be the primary cause of an increase in gang members. 50% of crime in Las Vegas is attributed to gangs, with most officers believing they had a moderate to major gang

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