Wednesday, July 30, 2014

District Attorney Ramos Releases Quarterly Gang Stats

Gang members arrested during gang suppression sweep in Rialto.

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.  – The latest gang statistics for the second quarter of 2014 have been compiled by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. Statistics for the quarter of April 1, 2014, through June 30, 2014, show that 162 cases were filed from all divisions. There were 110 state prison commitments obtained with a total of 1,928 years of state prison. Ninety-nine gang enhancements were found true and 12 were found guilty by jury trial.

Since the Gang Program’s inception in July 2005, 8,855 cases have been filed; 2 on death row; 4,934 state prison commitments; 38,683 + 257 life terms years in state prison; 2,351 gang enhancements have been found true and 340 were found guilty by jury trial.

“I have made the investigation and prosecution of criminal gang members in San Bernardino County a top priority, and I will continue to do so alongside our partners in law enforcement," District Attorney Michael Ramos said. "From the senseless murders to the drive-by-shootings and drug trafficking we see on our streets across the county, we will continue to chip away at the gang infrastructure by prosecuting this criminal behavior to the fullest extent of the law.”

Quick Facts

  • In 2009, DA Ramos was invited to speak at the White House and present our Gang Protocol.
  • The Gang Unit (countywide) currently consists of 20 attorneys, 3 Victim Advocates, 3 Investigators, and 7 clerical positions.
  • Investigators from the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office participate in the county-wide specialized Inland Empire taskforce known as SMASH (San Bernardino Movement Against Street Hoodlums).
  • Last year, as part of the California Witness Relocation and Assistance Program (CalWRAP), our office assisted in the relocation of 48 total witnesses and family members from 18 cases.
  • Fifteen of those cases were gang-related.
  • In one notable case, a witness had just finished hosting a children’s party at his house when a confrontation involving two gang members occurred outside the residence. During the confrontation, the witness—who is not a gang member or someone who even associates with gang members—was shot in the stomach and then struck in the head repeatedly with a handgun.
  • In 2007, District Attorney Ramos launched the Gang Injunction Unit (GIU) as another phase of the countywide crackdown on gangs.
  • There are currently five permanent injunctions in the cities of Rialto, Colton, Adelanto and Rancho Cucamonga. To see a listing of each injunction and download maps of the Safety Areas, visit
  • For a listing of recent High Profile gang cases and booking photos, visit:
  • In San Bernardino County, we are taking steps with our partners in education to keep kids in school and out of trouble, and out of gangs. One such program is the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP).
  • GRIP has a presence in the Rialto Unified, Rancho Cucamonga and High Desert school districts. To date, there have been over 3,300 graduates countywide.
  • For more information visit:

Students in the Rialto Unified School District show off their GRIP certificates.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Ongoing Fight Against Gangs: Ramos lauds progress, 87% conviction rate

San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos speaks about gangs at the Victorville Rotary Club luncheon at the Green Tree Clubhouse in Victorville on Tuesday. DAVID PARDO, DAILY PRESS

San Bernardino County’s gang problem ranks among the worst in the nation, but county District Attorney Mike Ramos says progress is being made.

Speaking at the Barstow Chamber of Commerce meeting at the Hampton Inn in Lenwood on Tuesday morning and then at the Victorville Rotary Club luncheon at the Green Tree Golf Course clubhouse, Ramos said only Los Angeles County and Cook County in Illinois have more gang members than San Bernardino County.

However, Ramos said his office continues to work to contain that problem. He said since he took office in 2003, he has expanded the number of county gang
prosecutors from three to 20. And the DA’s conviction rate has increased from 60 percent to 87 percent, which leads the state. Los Angeles and Santa Barbara counties rank second in conviction rate at 80 percent, he said.

“We’re not going to stop,” said Ramos. “People across the country look at our protocol to fight gangs as a national model. People are looking at it and copying it.”

Since 2005, Ramos said his office has prosecuted about 5,000 gang cases. More than 200 have resulted in life prison sentences, and two convicted gang members are now on death row.

“(Then Sheriff Gary) Penrod and I in 2005 came up with this protocol and
plan,” he said. “We said we are going to increase our gang prosecution unit, and put in a gang suppression unit that’s bigger and better than anywhere else.”

Besides increasing the number of deputy district attorneys committed to prosecuting gang crimes, Ramos also has increased clerical support, as well as the number of victims advocates and investigators. The DA’s office has worked hand-in-hand with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department too, and has focused on improving witness and victim protection, he said.

Ramos said the keys to getting gang members off the street are utilizing gang enhancements when charging defendants, making sure prosecutors make note of prior convictions for violent crimes or gun use and seeking and taking advantage of gang injunctions. The latter can be used for neighborhoods or entire cities.

“We can get rid of the gang and give the neighborhood back to the community,” Ramos said. “We can have a curfew on them, say what they can and cannot wear, who they can and cannot see” and even put restrictions on tattoos.

“We have some gang injunctions in Rancho Cucamonga and Victorville,” he said. “They work with gangs that are territorial and we’re going to keep doing it.”

By using gang enhancements during prosecution, Ramos said prison sentences can be dramatically lengthened — and the gang members must be sent to state prison.

“A gang allegation can add anywhere from 5 years to 25 years to a sentence,” he said. “Anybody who’s violent, uses a gun or is a gang member is going to state prison.”
Click here to read the rest of today's story in the Victorville Daily Press.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Congratulations to DA Investigators Beaty and Bremner who were promoted to Supervising DA Investigators Today

Bureau of Investigation Chief Mike Smith congratulates Investigator S. Beaty on his promotion.
Supervising DA Investigator E. Bremner pictured with Bureau of Investigation Chief Mike Smith following promotion ceremony.