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GFORCE Command | #GFORCE-GANGWATCH-2017-03 - 
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Classification: Open Source
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 
Security Level: Gang Units | Law Enforcement | Corrections | Intelligence Analysts
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UNITED STATES

FONTANA - While much of Southern California slept through the night, hundreds of officers took to the streets delivering a wake-up call to dozens of gang members early Thursday morning. Fontana police concluded a six-month investigation — dubbed Operation Bad Blood — targeting two gangs operating in San Bernardino County...(Full Article)

MIAMI - The gunfire that caused chaos at a Brownsville park and left eight people shot during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration was an exchange between rival gangs, police said Tuesday. And all eight victims, ranging in age from 11 to 30, were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, investigators believe. “All the people struck by rounds were innocent bystanders,”...(Full Article)

KENTUCKY Police to mount large-scale war on gangs

LOUISVILLE - Louisville's police force is mounting its largest war on gangs, with a task force that will combine local and federal law enforcement and prosecutors. Louisville Metro Police has obtained Metro Council money for the initiative targeting gangs and drugs, and on Monday confirmed the involvement of two more federal agencies — U.S. Marshals and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). LMPD hasn't led a dedicated multi-agency gang task force in its 14-year history...(Full Article)

MASSACHUSETTS Mass. cities getting grants to fight gang violence

BOSTON - Massachusetts officials have awarded $5.7 million in grants to support efforts at curbing gang violence. The grant awards were made to 15 communities, including Fitchburg, and 11 "research partners," with Boston receiving $1.1 million...(Full Article)

INTERNATIONAL

AUSTRALIA Outlaw bikie gangs heading to Canberra because of soft laws

Outlaw bikie gangs have declared Canberra a “free for all” zone, with one of the world’s most bloodthirsty outfits targeting the nation’s capital because of its lack of consorting laws. The feared Dutch Satudarah gang is among a number of OMCGs which have been given legal advice that the ACT would be easier to operate out of rather than other states, where tough anti-bikie laws are in place. The development is a reflection of the “free for all” declaration — which basically means gangs do not need permission from rival gangs to operate in the area...(Full Article)

EL SALVAROR El Salvador records its first homicide-free day in 2 years

The killings stopped for a day in El Salvador. The small Central American country with one of the worst murder rates in the world went 24 hours without a single homicide, said Howard Augusto Cotto of the National Civil Police. Wednesday marked the first day in two years without a homicide....(Full Article)

EL SALVAROR MS13 seeks dialogue with El Salvador Government

The MS13 has called for negotiations with the government, which could include the dismantling of the gang, implying a drastic change in posture since four years ago when the gang's national leadership refused to enter a dialogue about its possible dissolution. Three spokesmen for the MS13 revealed to El Faro a proposal to discuss solutions to the crisis of violence in a public negotiation with the government and all political parties. Eugenio Chicas, spokesman for the presidency, says it is a proposal that "must be considered."...(Full Article)

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