Media Advisory: Briefing on Central American gangs

February 24 2006

Who: Carlos Ponce, director, Center for Criminology and Police Sciences, National Civil Police of El Salvador

What: Briefing on Central American gangs

When: 1 p.m. Monday, February 27, 2006

Where: Indianapolis Police Department Training Academy, Room 101, 902 N. Post Road, Indianapolis

Why: Central American gangs are believed to be operating in virtually every U.S. state, including Indiana. Carlos Ponce, an official with the National Civil Police of El Salvador, will give police from central Indiana an update on gang activity. Ponce holds a master's degree in criminology from Indiana State University and is currently involved in several research projects with ISU concerning gangs and homicides. Law enforcement and correctional officers from Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky attended a conference on Central American gangs Feb. 22 at ISU. A report on the conference is available online at

 Contact: Lt. Jim Shepard, Indianapolis Police Department, (317) 945-6244, or Lisa Decker, associate professor, criminology, Indiana State University, (812) 237-2180 or

 Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3743 or




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Carlos Ponce, of the National Civil Police of El Salvador, will give a briefing on the gangs in Central America

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