A scene from one of four days of classes given to over 600 law enforcement and corrections officers in Lafayette, Indiana

Gang Identification Training Classes Are Available For

  • law enforcement and corrections conferences and departments
  • educational conferences and school staff training
  • work place conferences
  • community gang awareness programs

How Training Classes Are Scheduled

Training classes are only given to those agencies, departments or organizations that request training.   The classes are given at a time and place as determined by the requesting party.

What We Can Offer

Gangs OR Us training is designed to expand your knowledge, or to provide you with the basic knowledge needed to recognize gang activity that may be occurring in your home, neighborhood, community, workplace, school, or correctional facility.

Topics in the presentation include the history of street gangs in the United States, who joins gangs, why youths join, gang identifiers (signs, symbols, clothing, tattoos, graffiti), gang initiation practices, backgrounds on well known street and prison gangs (for corrections personnel), and possible community or law enforcement solutions.

Suggested Class Lengths

Community gang awareness program - 2 hours

Conferences - 2 to 4 hours

Agency or department training - 4 to 8 hours



Costs are on a case by case basis and depend on your location and class requirements. The costs include a fee  for each presentation, plus all travel-related expenses such as airfare or personal vehicle mileage, car rental, hotels and meals.


A master copy of the handout material will be sent to you.  It is your responsibility to reproduce copies of the material to be given to each attendee.


 Yes. The gang identification program is designed for adults only. No video or recording devices are allowed without permission.


In addition to providing gang identification classes, we can also provide an assessment as to the presence of gang activity on your site.

  • Do you suspect that there may be gang activity in your school, corrections facility or your company?
  • Are you unsure as to how to determine whether gangs are present?
  • Do you know what action(s) to pursue if gangs are present?

If you would like to have an on site assessment of your school or facility please Contact Me. The assessment process includes a thorough inspection of your facility, photographs of any existing signs of gang activity and a summary report.

The gang assessment and training class can be incorporated into one visit to your facility.


Please Email Me for our telephone number if you wish to discuss your needs with me or to request details as to cost, equipment requirements, and handout materials.



A summary of recent major classes

Naperville, Illinois - Illinois 2012 Annual School Response Conference (SRC) - September 26-27, 2012

Asheville, NC - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Language, (TESOL), North and South Carolina Annual Conference, November 3-5, 2011

As the only gang awareness instructor, I made two presentations.  One three hour class  and in the evening, a two hour after dinner presentation.

Artesia, New Mexico - Artesia Police Department 3rd Annual Gang Conference - Sept. 14,15,16, 2011

As one of 3 instructors, I provided one 8 hour gang identification class.  The class was certified by the State of New Mexico, Department of Public Safety, Training & Recruiting Division.

Florence, Colorado - Federal Corrections Complex (FCC) - August 24, 25, 26, 2010

At the request of the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Florence, Colorado, I provided three full days of prison gang identification training to the correctional officers of the three facilities located at the complex.  The facilities include a medium security facility Federal Correctional Institution (FCI), a high security United States Penitentiary (USP), and the The USP Administrative Maximum (ADX) facility which houses offenders requiring the tightest controls. 

Examples of these inmates include, founders, leaders and members of some street and prison gangs.  Persons who have killed judges, correctional officers or others.  Participants in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and other terrorists who either were successful or made attempts on U.S. targets.

One inmate who was of particular interest to me is Juan Matta-Battesteros, a drug trafficker and one of the master-minds behind the 1985 kidnapping, torture and murder of Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent, Enrique, "Kiki", Camarena, a co-worker and friend of mine.  Matta is serving 480 years.

ADX is reportedly the most secure prison facility in  the U.S.


At the request of the Tippecanoe County Prosecutor in Lafayette, Indiana, in February, 2010, I spent the better part of a week providing gang identification training classes to over 500 law enforcement, corrections, parole/probations officers, and fire fighters.  These attendees came from many parts of Northern Indiana and they represented over 40 departments.

Tippecanoe County Community Gang Awareness -

Video Report

Public gang awareness program - Lafayette, Indiana

Feb 23. 2010


Other Past Major Speaking Engagements

International Training

National Community Awareness Workshops (2) - April, 2005, Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies;

National Community Awareness Workshop - November 2005, Cayman Brac Island, BWI

United States Training

Kenco Logistics Services; Human Resources Seminar - Gangs In The Work Place - September 23, 2009, Chattanooga, TN

Public Defenders Service - Attorneys and investigators; August 27, 2009, Washington D.C.

Pinal County Town Hall - Gang Busters; It takes a community, April 22, 2009, Casa Grande, Arizona

Massachusetts Career Development Institute, Springfield, MA, April, 2007

Office of School Leadership Workshop - Columbia, SC, December, 2006

GWC Inc. - 7th Annual National Conference on Addiction and Criminal Behavior - St. Louis, Missouri, September 17-20, 2006

International Association of Arson Investigators (SC Chapter) - August 31, 2006

National District Attorneys Association - June 1-3, 2005, Columbia, SC

15th Annual Utah Gang Conference - 2005, Salt Lake City, UT

2004 National Summit on Elimination of Gang Violence, Miami, FL

U.S. Job Corps Southeast Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA

Learning Generation Initiative Gang Awareness Conference, Goshen, IN

Community Gang Awareness Seminar - Spartanburg, SC

National Major Gang Task Force, Daytona Beach, FL

North Carolina Department of Corrections, STG Training Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, STG Training Conference, Salt Fork, Ohio

Western States Hostage Negotiators Association Conference, Boise Idaho

Federal Bureau of Prisons Gang Management Conference, Beaumont, Texas

Federal Bureau of Prisons - U.S. Penitentiary Staff - Street and prison gang identification training, Lee County, Virginia

Wesleyan College - Gang and Violence Symposium, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Illinois Probation and Court Services Association, Fall Conference, St. Charles, Illinois

Ain't No Denying Conference - Hosted by Steve Nawojczyk, Little Rock, Arkansas


Robert Walker

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