Security cameras help Salvadoran police fight street gangs MS-13 and Barrio 18

first_img The surveillance cameras will help security forces keep track of the criminal activities of the two largest gangs in El Salvador – Mara Salvatrucha, which is also known as MS-13, and Barrio 18, which is also known as 18th Street and M-18. Both of these gangs engage in killings, extortion, armed robbery, kidnapping, and micro-trafficking of drugs. Mara Salvatrucha and Barrio 18 have both formed alliances with international drug trafficking groups, such as the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, which operate in El Salvador and other parts of Central America. The gangs help drug cartels transport cocaine and other drugs north to Mexico, the United States, and other destinations. The Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, two Mexican transnational criminal organizations, have expanded their operations in recent years in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Monitoring MS-13 and Barrio 18 Training, coordination, and intelligence Technology is essential to the security forces of any nation, Aviles said. For example, London has used closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) for years to monitor the streets of the city. The new cameras will be phased in, authorities said. The first phase began May 20, when authorities began installing 360 security cameras, which the National Civil Police (PNC) will use to monitor city streets for criminal activity, according to the Ministry of Security. Each surveillance camera can cover as much ground as 22 police officers on patrol, Jose Ricardo Perdomo, the minister of justice and public security, told reporters the day authorities began installing the devices. Authorities installed many of the cameras on streets that led into and out of San Salvador. “In the past, it was easier to point to specific areas that could be dangerous. Unfortunately, crime is spreading geographically,” Aviles said. “San Salvador is a sensitive area again.” The government plans on placing up to 6,500 cameras in the capital city and outlying areas. Images captured by the security cameras can be stored in a database for up to eight years. Authorities will be able to use images to monitor crimes as they occur, to identify potential criminal suspects and victims, and to check the registration of vehicle license numbers. Each camera has a range of about 800 meters. The ability of cameras to cover large amounts of territory will allow police who monitor the cameras to conduct “virtual patrols.” The cameras will send images to the PNC’s central command and control center. PNC authorities will monitor the images to respond to dispatch officers to crimes in progress and to gather intelligence. A pledge to fight crime Using technology to fight crimecenter_img On June 10, Minister of Justice and Security Benito Lara pledged the government is doing everything it can to fight crime and improve security.in every part of El Salvador. “Our policy is clear, we will develop everything in our power to combat crime. We will deploy more police officers in areas where gangs operate,” Lara said. The combination of improvements in technology and cooperation between the police and the residents of El Salvador should lead to improvements in public safety, Aviles said. “Any action to prevent insecurity and violence brings results,” he said. “In the near future the crime reduction is expected.” The security cameras are an important tool in the fight against crime, but they are part of a larger effort which involves improved training, intelligence gathering, and cooperation between citizens and the PNC, as well as between Salvadoran and U.S. security forces, according to Aviles. “Technology alone will not solve the problem of gangs or organizations of transnational organized crime,” Aviles said. “Technology needs to be accompanied by good training for all members of the security forces, equipment, weapons, vehicles, advanced communication, coordination and intelligence to successfully combat these criminal organizations.” Before they began installing large numbers of security cameras, authorities tested the surveillance system by installing a small number of the devices in San Salvador, according to the Ministry of Security. Those first cameras helped police capture a gang of car thieves, stop a drug transaction, and identify extortion suspects. Video and images from security cameras can be important tools in the fight against crime, Aviles said. Police and prosecutors can use video and photographic images from security cameras to identify criminals and bring them to justice. Video and photographic evidence can be crucial in criminal trials. The security camera system cost more than $5 million (USD), according to the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety. The camera surveillance system is equipped with the most sophisticated technology available and is protected against cyber-attacks. Salvadoran authorities are increasing their use of technology to fight crime. For example, authorities have blocked cellphone service at 10 prisons throughout the country to fight crime. Cellphones are prohibited inside prisons, but some incarcerated gang leaders have had friends or relatives smuggle the devices to them inside prison. The gang leaders have used the smuggled cellphones to direct the criminal activities of their gangs. Providing the best in technology is part of government’s broad strategy to fight gangs, international drug trafficking groups, and common criminals. In addition to the surveillance camera system, the government in recent years has provided the PNC an automated ballistics and fingerprint identification system, which helps police conduct criminal investigations. By Dialogo July 21, 2014 Salvadoran authorities plan to install more than 6,000 security cameras in the capital city of San Salvador and outlying areas in the coming months to improve public safety. The cameras will help security forces monitor and confront violence by gangs, transnational criminal organizations, and common criminals, according to Educational Foundation for the Prevention of Drug Abuse (FORESEE) executive director Carlos Aviles. “The use of video surveillance cameras will enhance the effectiveness of law enforcement against drug trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, common crime, theft and other emerging threats,” Aviles said. “It will strengthen (crime) prevention in San Salvador.” last_img read more

Heisler: LeBron James hand-delivers stars as Lakers keep flopping about

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Here’s how deftly LeBron James reached in his thumb and pulled out a plum.With two years on his contract in New Orleans, Anthony Davis hired LeBron’s agent, moved up his timetable and asked to be traded to the Lakers … even as they sank out of sight, despite Magic Johnson fleeing and the front office becoming a league-wide joke … culminating in last week’s agreement that will bring A.D. here.This looked like tampering with a capital T. The NBA just couldn’t prove it.If the league imposes draconian fines for mere flirting, this went far beyond Magic joking about going “wink wink” at Paul George on Jimmy Kimmel’s show or GM Rob Pelinka emailing George’s agent, for which the league fined the Lakers $500,000. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions I have tried to offer a defense for Pelinka, who was pilloried by the press after being gored by Magic. Nevertheless, even before this episode, it was clear enough that if they needed a scapegoat next season, it would be Rob.Of course, there’s a better reason to go outside to find the best managerial talent, and that’s to professionalize the Lakers basketball operation, which is now running at a dangerously dysfunctional level.Happily for the Lakers, they have two more guaranteed seasons with James, who’s now out wooing more stars.Now to see what the organization is capable of, if anything.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Brutally candid as this was, it left Paul out front to take the heat, and James free to keep pulling the strings behind the curtain.Get it? This was a LeBron production with the Lakers reduced to sitting back and waiting to see how it turned out.James had long tried to bring stars to ugly duckling Cleveland or capped-out Miami with little success. Now, even in the Lakers’ downtrodden state, he can wheel and deal as never before. With keen awareness of what he can get away with, the NBA’s most scrutinized player does it in plain sight.Last December, amid speculation that Davis was about to ask the Pelicans to trade him, LeBron dared to discuss it, saying it would be “amazing” to play alongside A.D.Amid the ensuing furor, the teams met in Staples Center a few days later … after which James took Davis out to dinner, all but confirming that this was happening.Outgoing, gregarious and popular among his peers, LeBron does this effortlessly, a new experience for the Lakers after years with lone wolf Kobe Bryant.Only in Kobe’s later, mellower years was he close enough to any star to recruit him, as he tried to do with Carmelo Anthony in 2014. Melo called him a surrogate big brother, but still re-signed in New York.Now the Lakers have the king of the recruiters … thankfully for them, since all else is chaos.Even with James hand-delivering Davis and reportedly recruiting Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Jimmy Butler, the Lakers’ front office flopped around like a fish on a dock.The master plan all season was to trade for A.D., moving enough salary to leave a maximum slot of $32 million for an elite free agent.Unfortunately for the Lakers, when the deal went down, they neglected to include rookies Moe Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones, off-loading another $5 million in salary … or account for the cost of A.D.’s trade bonus … slashing their cap space to $24 million.Insiders think it’s fixable with Pelinka now in talks with Atlanta, trying to give the rookies away or pay the Hawks to take them … but it wouldn’t have been necessary if they had thought it through.NBA teams are expected to be ahead of the curve when it comes to the Byzantine language of the salary cap – not behind it, trying to fix mistakes.Instead, the Lakers didn’t realize the problem until agreeing to the deal for A.D. They then went back to ask the Pelicans to restructure the deal but were turned down.In a sad irony for the Lakers, Pelinka was hired to be Johnson’s salary-cap guy as well as overseeing all the detail work, with Magic making only occasional appearances while also running his business empire. For a team with their stature … or, at least, their tradition … last week’s bumbling was unheard-of incompetence.“The Clippers have five or six really smart people in the front office who do nothing but think of this stuff,” said Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus, an actual salary-cap expert.“The Lakers have more of a one-man show with Pelinka.”This is just the latest in their string of embarrassments, starting when Johnson fled … continuing with Jeanie Buss convening a seven-person committee to help Pelinka hire a coach that included marketing officials Linda Rambis and Tim Harris … then lost their top two candidates before settling for twice-fired Frank Vogel.Related Articles AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat James did was outright piracy, not only wooing A.D. away from the Pelicans but undercutting their trade leverage.Davis first gave the Pelicans a list of four teams. When that didn’t do it at midseason, he cut it to the Lakers and Knicks.The Knicks were presumably there only in the event they landed Kevin Durant and Irving. With little to offer, there were only perfunctory trade talks.Then there was Boston, which didn’t make the list but had keen interest and by far the most to offer with three first-round picks, a future Memphis pick in 2020 or 2021 and highly regarded young players such as Jayson Tatum.This was so worrisome to LeBron & Co., Paul went public to warn the Celtics off, telling Sports Illustrated, “They can trade for him but it will be for one year.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Feb. 26, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, February 25, 2016•7:40 a.m. Sara H. Wilson, WF, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for expired drivers’ license.•8:18 a.m. Jeffrey S. Elmore, 34, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 52 mph in a 40 mph zone.•11:15 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of tools in the 700 block N. Jefferson, Wellington.•Donna S. Frambers, 53, Wellington was served a summons to appear for assault. •Adriene L. Guthrie, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•Abby M. Martinez, 19, Wellington was served a summons to appear for theft.•3 p.m. Injury accident in the 1000 block U.S. 81, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington and Ricky R. Copeland, 60, Wichita.•3:30 p.m. Jeffrey M. Miller, 31, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for inattentive driving.•4:37 p.m. Grady L. Woodard, 18, Maize, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 61 mph in a 45 mph zone.•Michael A. Row, 27, Wellington was served a summons to appear for domestic battery and criminal trespass. (REF#16-118)•9:28 p.m. Juvenile male, 17, Belle Plaine, was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•11:05 p.m. Lauri L. Frazee, 44, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight and no proof of insurance.•11:25 p.m. Victoria G. Jackson, 36, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for  defective headlight.last_img read more