Dear Jon - Why don't police here on the central coast use the same counter-insurgency tactics against gangs like the ones featured on 60 Minutes on Sunday? Jacqueline....
Any of us who saw that segment on 60 Minutes saw former Green Berets, now Massachusetts State Troopers taking their special military training and wooing community members to be their eyes and ears. The results have been a more manageable gang crime problem.
I took this question to central coast police, Salinas and Santa Maria, known for their gang issues.
In Salinas, Officer Miguel Cabrera tells me their department believes in community policing, which is basically what was being done in North Springfield, Massachusetts, they do it that in Hebron heights neighborhood of Salinas. Doing more policing simply boils down to having more money to beef up their gang units. The department has gone through major cutbacks in officers impacting their gang task force and gang suppression units.