During the month of August, Rob Hanser, assistant professor of criminal
justice at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, attended the 10th annual
conference of the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, Ill.
While attending the conference, Hanser presented a paper entitled "Collaborative Protocols for Information Sharing between Correctional and
Law Enforcement Agencies: Post-Katrina Lessons Learned in Louisiana." The
paper provided insight on many of the multi-agency cooperative efforts that
occurred as a result of Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the impact that
Katrina had on both prison and street gang activity in Louisiana and Texas.
Also at the conference, Hanser attended several days of intensive training
in interview and interrogation techniques used with gang-related offenders.
He likewise obtained certification as a gang specialist with training
emphases in both gang counseling techniques and interview/interrogation
skills. This training augments his prior experience with gang-related
offenders in the Texas prison system, where he had extensive day-to-day
contact with inmate members of the Mexican Mafia, the Texas Syndicate, the
Aryan Brotherhood, the Bloods, and the Crips that were held in the
administrative segregation department of the Eastham Prison Unit.
In addition, Hanser worked as a therapist intern and provided counseling
services to numerous gang-related youth in the Houston area. His recent
training at the National Gang Crime Research Center has helped to refine and
credentialize his combined experience related to gang offenders.