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.