Week 4 Organized Crime and Criminal
Investigation week 4 discussion 1
Organize Crime and Criminal
Respond to the following questions:
- What are the attributes of an organized crime group?
- What is R.I.C.O.? What types of groups have been prosecuted
- How are criminal investigations of organized crime
different from that of other criminal investigations? How are they
- What are unique attributes of investigating organized
Al Capone, Tony Accardo,
Sam Giancana, Albert Anastasia, Joe Masseria, Joeseph, Bonanno, Paul
Castellano, John Gotti, Frank Costello, Johnny Torrio, Joseph Proface, Carlos
Marcello all members of organized Crime. Charles “Lucky” Luciano) was the founder of the America
Mafia, Boss of the Genovese Crime Family, November, 24, 1897 - January 26,
1962, died of a heart attack
(MemoryMan1964, 2010). We need to remember the
definitions of Organized Crime very from jurisdiction, and county to county. “The FBI defines organized crime as any group having some
manner of a formalized structure and whose primary objective is to obtain money
through illegal activities” (FBI, n.d., ). Training is needed for those who nee
to combat organized crime.
The UNODC has published a series of criminal
intelligence guides for managers, analysts & frontline law enforcement
respectively, to serve as reference tools for law enforcement officials
performing their respective roles, or to accompany & reinforce training courses
in the discipline. . Supported by training are capacity building initiatives that
emphasize the importance of international cooperation in the inquiry of
transnational organized crime. Before a State can start to reply to criminal
threats, it must first understand them. Effective responses must be based on
facts as to the nature of organized crime & the extent to which organized
crime groups affect States.
are certain elements that qualify a gang to be dubbed an organized crime group.
You will notice that organized crime groups thrive on illegal activities such
as supplying illegal goods and services. In most cases there is always a group
of individuals willing to pay for these services. An organized crime group is
formed on the basis of making money. In the process, gang members gain power,
pride and protection. Most organized crime groups have a system of authority
that is in the form of a hierarchy. It is a form of power structure where power
has been graded from the lowest to the highest (Becker,
and Dutelle, 2013).
stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and refers to the
United States federal law which allows and enables prosecution of all
individuals involved in a corrupt organization. The RICO Act was enacted to
target mainly the mafia, but today prosecutors also use it against many forms
of organized crime. These are the likes of street gangs, corrupt police
departments, rogue politicians, and gang and drug cartels.
investigations concerning organized crime groups differ from other criminal
investigations mainly because in organized crimes, the crimes are mostly
politically motivated. In addition, these groups are big, they are well
connected and they are highly profitable and resourceful. This calls for extra
measures when dealing with these sorts of criminal investigations. The
similarity of investigations concerning organized crime groups and those that
are not is that the end result of the investigation is prosecution (www.fbi.gov).
crime investigations are sensitive; the main reason for this is public apathy
and strong political connections. However, there are unique techniques employed
in organized crime investigations. These include: community policing,
undercover operations, immunity and surveillance. “The most effective tool
against organized crime is information and the combined federal task force.
Although the media, ,may not be the syndicate it once was, black, Hispanic, and
Jamaican gangs , white supremacist groups; and terrorists have taken their
place.” (Becker, & Dutelle, 2013, p. 445). Organized
crime will be around for a long time to come.
Becker, R. F. & Dutelle, A. W. (2013). Criminal
investigation (4th ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.
FBI — Overview. (n.d.). Retrieved from
www.fbi.gov › ... › Organized Crime Federal Bureau of Investigation
MemoryMan1964 (2010, July 21) Organized
Crime, Part I - Chapter One & Two - The
file]. Retrieved from www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfNW7Gu7_2A
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