Book Review: Policing Gangs in America Essay
The first chapter of Policing Gangs in America is entitled, “Studying the …show more content…
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