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The Rampart Gang Related Crimes

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overing an area of almost eight square miles. The area boasts one of the most densely populated neighborhoods with approximately thirty four thousand persons per square mile. During the 1980’s, the Rampart area saw astronomical increases in violent crimes and street gangs trafficking in narcotics controlled the area. In an effort to combat this violence the LAPD established an anti-gang unit known as CRASH, “Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums”. The unit was given wide ranging discretion in their crime fighting approach. This free lancing crime fighting approach by CRASH was very successful and gang related crimes in the Rampart area fell drastically. The LAPD was pleased with this result. It was widely known and no secret throughout
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