Gang membership and organised crime is an international issue. Street gangs link into organised crime and combined they pose a serious threat to communities across the world. This seminar titled Street Gangs To Organised Crime is hosted by Martyn Linton a Detective with Surrey Police. He is joined by James Humphries an experienced Detective with Thames Valley Police, Russ Massie an experienced Police Officer with Thames Valley Police and Officer’s Charles Asheim and David Hughes from the Portland Police Gun Violence Reduction Team.
The seminar is aimed at law enforcement officers who are involved in dealing with gang crime such as patrol/response officers, neighbourhood policing teams, detectives, those working in gang intervention and diversion and other units such as gangs or proactive units.
The seminar which is being held at Gimborn Castle in Germany between Monday the 27th Of April and Friday the 1st of May 2020 is the International Police Association’s home of education. The seminar will cover a number of topics that include:
- An Introduction To Gangs
- An Introduction To US Gangs & How They Influence Gangs In Other Countries
- Gang Culture & Methodology
- Patrol & Enforcement Tactics
- Gang Investigation Tactics
- Gang Exploitation Methods
- Safeguarding Methods
About The Presenters
Martyn Linton – Surrey Police
Martyn entered his teen years living in an area that suffered with low employment, alcohol/substance misuse and crime. His friendship circle was what would be by modern day definition be a gang. He started going down the wrong path and left school with no qualifications. A chain of events took place and Martyn made a hard decision to leave behind his friends.
Later in life joined the police. In London he worked on response policing, neighbourhood policing, proactive units and then he became a Detective. He has secured multiple convictions for gang crimes and has been involved in investigations up to an including murder. Martyn has trained in gangs tactics in the US with several law enforcement agencies and has patrolled in the US with US gang enforcement officers.
Martyn is an active member of the IPA Police Educators Group and delivers gangs training to professional organisations. He has trained members of the UK police service, the National Health Service, education establishments and other organisations such as child care home providers and safeguarding professionals.
Charlie Asheim & David Hughes – Portland Police
Charlie and David are experienced members of the Portland Police Bureau. They are attached to the Gun Violence Reduction Team (GVRT), formerly known as the Gang Enforcement Unit, which is part of the Tactical Operations Division. They specialise in the disruption and enforcement of criminal street gangs. The unit have investigated well over 350 shootings in 2019, and over 1,200 since 2010. GVRT assists other investigative units such as Homicide, Robbery, and Drugs and Vice, and works in partnership with local and federal prosecutors, the US Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Charlie has worked in US law enforcement for fourteen years. He is currently assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force as a Federal Bureau of Investigations Task Force Officer and works on long term Racketeering-style cases. Charlie is a recognized expert in the subject of gangs by courts in Oregon. Charlie has also been assigned as a Patrol Procedures instructor since 2015, and a member of the Special Emergency Reaction Team since 2017.
David has worked in US law enforcement for ten years. He is currently assigned to the afternoon shift of GVRT and works daily to proactively combat gang crime. As a collateral duty David has been assigned to the Crisis Negotiation Team since 2018 and also has earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice.
Both Charlie and David are instructors in all subjects related to gangs and routinely give presentations to both local and federal law enforcement, along with local community groups, social services and non-profits that deal with the issue of gangs.
Russ Massie – Thames Valley Police
Russ joined the Metropolitan Police in 2006 and served in a variety of proactive roles, supervising large tasking teams in both Camden Town and Soho tackling major drug supply and organised criminal networks.
In 2013 Russ transferred to Thames Valley Police, and is currently the Safer Schools officer for Oxford where he has developed a passion for early intervention and pupil engagement. He is currently leading across TVP on professional and parental engagement in contextual safeguarding and building resilience against the exploitation of children by drug supply offenders and works with County Lines offenders to develop educational material for students to recognise their vulnerability.
Russ’s work has led to him addressing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Reform and the National Working Group for exploitation on the extent and dangers of child criminal exploitation based upon his work in schools and pupil referral units. Russ has delivered workshops at national conferences in the 3rd sector as well as to policing professionals and is a guest lecturer at the University of Sheffield.
In 2018 Russ obtained his Master’s Degree from the University of Portsmouth, graduating with an MSc in Policing, Policy and Leadership. Russ is a keen advocate of twitter to enhance support and learning networks and discusses his work regularly via @russmassie
James Humphries – Thames Valley Police
James spent some time with the Royal Navy before spending the last 18 years with Thames Valley Police. During that time he has spent the majority of his career as a Detective. He has worked in nearly every role that a Detective can do; Surveillance, Organised Crime Group, Murder investigation team, Intelligence both Local and Major Crime and Child Abuse. He is a Specialist Suspect and Witness interviewer and trained to interviewed children and vulnerable adults.
James spent two years training new Detectives and National Interviewers across England & Wales, he also delivers training to multiple agencies and councils across the South East and has presented to Oxford Universities Health Trust around Knife Crime, Violence Reduction and Criminal Exploitation.
James has spent time as a Custody Sergeant, Custody Inspector, Frontline Response Sergeant and as a Detective Sergeant running specialist teams. James is also a force disclosure champion and fully accredited Evidential Review Officer for charging disposals.
James is now a Temporary Inspector running Oxford Cities Problem Solving Team and is his Command lead for Child Criminal Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery, Violence Reduction and Safeguarding. His work with partners has led to two nominations for the national Policing Tilley Awards. James and his team were recently followed and filmed by Channel 4’s Dispatches for the programme around County Lines.
How To Book
For more information about the venue and for details on how to book please visit www.ibz-gimborn.de
IPA Member Price: 310 Euros
Non IPA Member Price: 465 Euros