Detention Center employee to speak on gang activity

Detention Center employee to speak on gang activity
Correctional Deputy Nicholas Murphy (HANDOUT)

As soon as people are processed at the Carroll County Detention Center, they are evaluated for indicators of gang membership.

To Correctional Deputy Nicholas Murphy, who monitors gang activity in the county as part of his role as intelligence officer, the issue is changing in Carroll and is not centralized in Westminster.


At Friday's Drug and Violence Awareness Expo, Murphy will speak about gangs — or security threat groups — with Sheriff Jim DeWees.

The expo, presented by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, will cover drugs, gangs, domestic violence and sexual assaults, including the effects on the greater community and businesses.

The seminar on gangs will be held at noon at the Carroll County Agricultural Center.

Q: Can you describe your current position and what you do day to day?

A: I am the intelligence officer with the Carroll County Detention Center. I monitor the activity of security threat groups [or STGs] — otherwise known as gangs — in and around Carroll County. During the day, I check the arrestees that are processed into the central booking unit and those that are committed to the detention center for any STG identifiers. STG identifiers that are reviewed include but not limited to tattoos, associates who have been validated, criminal history and STG intelligence from law enforcement agencies.

Q: What are you planning to speak about at the upcoming expo?

A: I am going to speak about the most prevalent STGs in Carroll County and where in the county they are located; a short history of how those STGs were formed, in what part of the country they started, what charges these STGs have been arrested for in the past; and the type of crime that they are known to be involved with in Carroll County.

Q: How is this relevant to what is happening in Carroll County right now?

A: This information is relevant because it shows a change in not only the criminal element but also the people moving to the area from other places.

Q: Do you think there are misconceptions about gang activity in the county?

A: There is a misconception that the STGs in Carroll County are only in the Westminster area and that they are a city problem. The STGs in the county are spreading and recruiting members from every part of the county.

Q: What are you hoping listeners will get out of your presentation?

A: I am hoping that people will see that these groups pose a serious threat to Carroll County and learn what to look for so they can identify members in the community.



If you go

What: Drug and Violence Awareness Expo

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, May 1

Where: Carroll County Agricultural Center Shipley Arena, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster

Cost: Free

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