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NCJ Number
Law and Order Volume: 41 Issue: 9 Dated: (September 1993) Pages: 95-98
S Trethewy
Date Published
4 pages
Police should be aware of the nature and operations of motorcycle gangs and the differences between contemporary biker gangs and those of three decades ago.
Biker gangs have become increasingly sophisticated in recent years. New gangs are forming and old gangs are building with little recognition from law enforcement. Biker clubs lack the organizational polish of organized crime, but they maintain hierarchical structures with bylaws, constitutions, dues, and rules. Bikers make a point of learning about law enforcement so that they can learn from police mistakes. Bikers use computers, cellular telephones, complex surveillance equipment, sophisticated weaponry, and pagers. Motorcycle gangs network with other types of gangs and countercultures, such as prison gangs and white supremacists. They have sometimes formed liaisons with police officers or other government officials. Their mottoes illustrate their beliefs and values. To address motorcycle gangs effectively, police must use cooperation, communication, and commitment. Photograph