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  MCTC Courses

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction

**This course is formerly known as Criminal Street Gangs**


Registration is restricted to US military and sworn law enforcement personnel.

Course Description

According to the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center, Gangs are the primary distributors of illicit drugs and are responsible for the majority of crime in jurisdictions across the United States. Gangs are supplied with drugs by transnational criminal organizations (TCO) such as drug cartels and terrorist organizations. They work closely with TCO’s by trafficking and selling drugs, murder, kidnapping, extortion, terrorist operations, narcotics and terrorist financing, human trafficking and other activities that threaten national security. Street gangs, prison gangs, and organized criminal organizations work hand in hand with TCO to achieve their own goals as well as the goals of the TCO. TCO include groups such as Al Qaeda, ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah and other nefarious non-state actors. Gangs and their many partners pose a significant threat to the citizens of the U.S., as well as national security interests in the Western hemisphere (Mexico, Central America, Colombia and Peru). Profiteering for terrorists directly threatens U.S. troops in the Middle East.

This unique gang training class exposes a variety of gang issues and their connections to terrorism as well as the financing of terrorist operations that significantly contribute to the insurgency and corruption of Afghanistan and Iraq. This class will illustrate the street level gang members and their terrorist and transnational organized crime partnerships. In turn, students who attend this class will be able to impact upon the influence of TCO and trafficking networks within the U.S. This includes layered, coordinated approaches that disrupt the operations of TCOs, limit their access to funding, reduce their assets, and raise their costs of doing business. This class will increase intergovernmental cooperation to build capacity of agencies to counter the narcotics threats and enhance or develop cooperative mechanisms with law enforcement agencies.  It will maximize both the impact and efficiency of DoD contributions to combating drug trafficking and TCO that pose a national security threat.

Topics Included

  • The partnerships between gangs and Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCO)
  • Gangs as a financial threat to US security
  • Gangs supporting drug cartels and terrorists
  • Deciphering gang graffiti
  • Gangs and Officer Safety

Course Length

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction is a 3 day (24 hour) course.


There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

This event is offered on the following dates

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - Friday, December 21, 2018, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Topeka, KS - Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensic Science Center

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - Thursday, January 17, 2019, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Johnston, IA - Midwest Counterdrug Training Center

Transnational Gang Identification and Interdiction
Monday, February 11, 2019 - Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Mesquite, TX - Eastfield College
Waiting List Registration