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Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) Gang

  • 30 Mar 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Zoom
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This presentation will discuss issues involving the infamous “Mara Salvatrucha” or MS-13 gang.  The gangs’ inception, the history on how they started here in the United States, and the different cities and states they have settled in will be covered.  This presentation will also go over the current actions and tactics Law Enforcement is using to combat the gang and how they have become a transnational gang.  Current and up to date information directly from El Salvador through agents currently living in Central America will also be discussed.  The issues the gang has created on the East Coast vs. West Coast as well as a debrief on the murders that are occurring in areas such as Malibu, CA and New York City will be covered.  The highlight of the presentation will be identifying MS-13 gang members.  Primarily, identifying the new MS-13 kids crossing into the United States labeled “Unaccompanied Minors”.  These kids are the current problem to society and primarily to Law Enforcement. 

Presenter: Detective Richard "Richie" Sanchez
Detective Sanchez has been a peace officer for 29 years. He served 11 years with the Compton Police Department and 18 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. He has served as a hostage/crisis negotiator since 1995, a total of 24 years. Detective Sanchez is considered to be one of few bilingual negotiators and gang expert assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Crisis Negotiation Team. Detective Sanchez maintains his collateral duty as a crisis negotiator, his current assignment is that of a Gang Investigator assigned to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Operation Safe Streets Bureau. As a Gang Investigator, Detective Sanchez is responsible for investigating all gang related crimes in the City of Compton. Throughout his law enforcement career Detective Sanchez held the position of Field Training Officer, Narcotics Officer, Helicopter Observer, SWAT Officer (Compton PD), and Task Force Officer. Detective Sanchez is also a 25 year veteran with the United States Army. Detective Sanchez served six years active duty assigned to a special operations unit, and 19 years in the Army National Guard. From 2004-2005 Detective Sanchez was deployed to Iraq where he sustained significant injury. For his bravery at the time of the incident Detective Sanchez was awarded a Bronze Star, Second Combat Infantry Badge, Matrious Presidential Unit Citation, and a Purple Heart. Detective Sanchez retired from the military with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Detective Sanchez is a graduate of the FBI's National Crisis Negotiation Course; he is also a member of the California Association of Hostage Negotiators (CAHN), California Gang Investigators Association (CGIA). Detective Sanchez has been a guest speaker at CGIA, CAHN, and teaches gang subculture classes at the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department and other departments throughout the states.

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