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Gangs and the use of Technology
Technology advances have changed the way the average American communicates,
plans his or her day, shops, drives, and does many other things. Technology has
changed the way criminals, specifically gang members, live their lives as well.
As gangs evolve, many adopt more of a business model. How does that affect the
way law enforcement should investigate them?
You will get an overview of criminal communications options, actions, and
interactions followed by a discussion of how law enforcement – mostly gang cops
– can and do respond. Ideas on how to engage, assist, or even thwart the
detection of such activity will be provided. The use of metaphors to explain how
technology functions often helps the not-so-literate grasp the concepts we will
discuss – an impromptu brainstorming session on how that works will likely
Carter F. Smith usually presents to groups that are wearing or sitting on
badges. In his day job he is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice &
Homeland Security in the Department of Public Management and Criminal Justice at
the Internationally-renowned Austin Peay State University. During his more than
twenty-two year career with the U.S. Army, he used a variety of lengthy titles
to describe his jobs with the Criminal Investigations Command (CID). He has
provided training on many gang-related topics to the TN, GA, FL, OK, and
Northwest Gang Investigator’s Associations, the Department of Defense, and the
Department of Justice.
His research and investigative interests include military-trained gang members,
technology use by gang members, and the intersection of criminal street gangs,
organized crime, and terrorism. He’s got a Ph.D from Northcentral University, a
Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, a Bachelor’s
degree from Austin Peay State University. He’s been interviewed by a bunch of
news outlets, has published a bunch on gangs, and was on two segments of the
History Channel’s Gangland series.