The Impact of Gangs on Emergency Services
In honor of EMS Appreciation Week, the UW Health Emergency Education Center will be sponsoring a free event to educate emergency service providers on dealing with gang-related issues.
The event will be held Wednesday, May 20, from 6-9pm at the Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC), room 1325. Free parking is available in covered ramp 76 across the street from HSLC.
Registration is required. Register online
Guest speakers will include Detective George Chavez and Office Lester Moore.
Detective Chavez (left) has worked in law enforcement for over 23 years and has presented at the International Gang School in Chicago and at the 2009 Gang Summit in Washington, D.C. The most recent 18 years have been with the City of Madison Police Department.
Detective Chavez spent over eight years with the Dane County Narcotics and Gangs Task Force and has been the gang liaison for the City of Madison since 1997. Detective Chavez has also been the South Central Wisconsin Coordinator for the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Vice President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Great Lakes International Gang Investigators Coalition and is currently the Midwest Representative with the International Latino Gang Investigators Association.
Officer Moore (right) has worked in law enforcement for 10 years and served in the Marine Corps for six. Moore presented at the Salt Lake City Gang Project Conference and is set to present at the 2009 Gang Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the gang officer for the City of Madison and has also worked as a beat officer and neighborhood officer in the City of Madison's most challenged areas. Officer Moore was assigned to the Dane County Narcotics and Gangs Task Force for four years and was the units Gang Specialist.
"Gangs are a community problem and we can't arrest our way out of it," said Chavez. "This event will give community advocates information on how to work together to find solutions to the gang issue. All areas are faced with the growing problems with gangs and violence."