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NCJ Number: 209352 Find in a Library
Title: Gang Cop: The Words and Ways of Officer Paco Domingo
Author(s): Malcolm W. Klein
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 212
Sponsoring Agency: AltaMira Press
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Publication Number: ISBN 0-7591-0547-2
Sale Source: AltaMira Press
Division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc
1630 North Main Street, #367
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
United States of America
Type: Overview Text; Training (Aid/Material)
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on years of experience as a researcher and consultant on street gangs, the author provides instruction on gangs and their policing by constructing the career of a fictitious "gang cop" named Paco Domingo, who is a composite of real police officers and their experiences with gangs.
Abstract: Officer Paco Domingo is not an ideal "gang cop," since many of his views vary with much of what is known about gangs from academic research. He is a "real" cop in the sense that his views and actions are based on actual incidents and actual court testimony with which the author is familiar through his research. The intent of this format is to help the reader understand street gangs through the eyes of a zealous gang cop as well as through research findings. The author injects himself into the story in his real-life role as a gang researcher and consultant who challenges Domingo's flawed and sometimes corrupt strategies and styles of gang policing. In the course of the book, Paco's character and values are described, and his approach to the policing of street gangs is contrasted with community policing. Chapters also focus on the definition of street gangs and their structures, changes in street gang culture, street gang neighborhoods, gang member characteristics, and street gang crime patterns. Street gang victims are also profiled. One chapter describes Paco's role in an elite gang unit, which addresses how secretive, cohesive, and autonomous such units can become. The final chapter places Paco in court, where his performance as an expert witness parallels the revelations of corruption in the gang unit in the Rampart scandal of the Los Angeles Police Department. 10 recommended readings
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Community policing; Gang member attitudes; Gang Prevention; Gang violence; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Police specialized training; Proactive police units; Specialized investigative units
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