Investigating Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
This comprehensive course focuses on the specialized knowledge and survival skills needed when dealing with outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) members. You will learn how to identify gang members, how to investigate suspected criminal activity, and how to properly document contacts for intelligence files. We will also stress officer safety as we teach you tactics for safely approaching and controlling encounters with gang members.
We will examine the organizational structure, recruiting process and philosophy of the Big 6 outlaw motorcycle gangs. You will learn about the tattoos, patches and other markings that are indicative of gang affiliation as well as the unique weapons that they carry and how they are concealed.
We will detail the gangs’ involvement in the drug trade and you will learn conventional and unconventional investigative techniques that can be utilized to disrupt their criminal activities. We’ll also discuss the legal and ethical considerations that should be taken into account during contacts in order to protect yourself and your agency from frivolous lawsuits.
• Outlaw motorcycle gang origin and history
• Organizational structure
• Membership process
• Outlaw motorcycle gangs and the drug trade
• Study of the Big 6 outlaw motorcycle gangs
• Outlaw biker women
• Motorcycle gangs and the military
• Intelligence gathering/investigative techniques
• Weapons and narcotics concealment techniques
• Vehicle stop tactics on OMG members
• Motorcycle club coalitions and confederations
• Motorcycle theft investigations
• Major run enforcement
• Converting OMG members into cooperating sources
• Raid planning for OMG operations
Audience: Patrol officers, newly assigned and seasoned detectives, investigations supervisors, analysts, and military investigative personnel who encounter members and associates of outlaw motorcycle gangs during the course of their duties - Class is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers and those personnel assigned directly to law enforcement agencies.
Course length: 24 hours