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U.S. Top Cops Going to El Salvador to See Fight Against Gangs

In something of an ironic twist, police chiefs from several U.S. cities are heading for El Salvador to hear from authorities there how they are fighting burgeoning street gangs, a problem that arose after deportation of U.S.-raised but non-citizen gangsters, mainly from southern California. El Salvador’s National Police said chiefs from Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Ana, San Diego, San Bernardino and Ventura counties in California have confirmed their attendance at the conference, scheduled for Feb. 21-23. Despite the “super hard hand” plan put into effect last year against street gangs blamed for much of this country’s violence, the murder rate in El Salvador continues to soar, with 285 people slain in January alone. Full Story

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