Robert Walker, through a law enforcement career that spans six decades (56 years), has amassed background experiences that are as diverse as any in the field of law enforcement.

Robert Walker's career began in 1956 with the State of Maryland Department of Corrections at Patuxent Institution, an institution that, at that time, incarcerated only habitual criminals, who after an evaluation process and a subsequent court procedure, usually began an indeterminate sentence.  Eight years later, in 1964, he left state service as a lieutenant to begin a career in federal law enforcement.   This new career began with the U.S. Border Patrol on the California/Mexican border where, in addition to his duties involving the apprehension of illegal aliens and smugglers of aliens, he was involved in numerous seizures of narcotics. These narcotics investigations opened the door for a transfer to the U.S. Customs Agency as a Special Agent. In 1970 as a result of the hijacking and destruction of U.S. aircraft by terrorists overseas, he was temporarily assigned to serve as one of the original sky marshals, a position that did not previously exist and whose mission was to protect U.S. registered airlines on international flights all over the world.

In 1973, as a result of a merger between the former Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs (BNDD) and the U.S. Customs Agency, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was created as the sole federal agency responsible for the enforcement of the federal narcotic laws and as a result, he was transferred, as a Special Agent, to the new agency. During his tenure with DEA he conducted narcotic investigations within and outside of the U.S., primarily in Mexico. In 1974, he successfully concluded a 2 1/2 year investigation with a record seizure (since broken) of 42 tons of marijuana in Mexico.  He also participated in numerous overseas special operations in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean Islands for extensive periods of time. He concluded his federal career in 1986, retiring as the Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration office in Columbia, South Carolina.

After retiring he became employed with the South Carolina Department of Corrections with the Office of Internal Affairs and in 1995 he was selected as Coordinator of the agency's newly created Security Threat Group (gangs) Unit. As the Coordinator, he was responsible for the development of the gang identification system and the computerized gang tracking system. He also developed the STG identification training courses for the agency's personnel. Other agencies, seeking gang identification training, began requesting his services and he began providing training seminars for educators and law enforcement agencies at the city, county, state and federal levels throughout South Carolina.

After his second retirement in 1998, he became a private consultant and has given street gang and prison gang identification classes, at major conferences and seminars, to educators and law enforcement personnel in the states of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Texas and Virginia, the Florence, Colorado Super Max complex, the Southeast Region of the Federal Job Corps and the National District Attorneys Association at the University of South Carolina. In addition he has been a presenter for the National Major Gang Task Force and until his retirement in 1998, served as an advisory board member of that organization.

In April and November, 2005, he was invited to the Grand Cayman Islands where he gave three four-hour gang identification and community awareness presentations. He also participated in a 90 minute talk radio program where the entire discussion focused on gangs and the potential problem of gangs, created through the denial of their existence in the Cayman Islands. In addition he was the subject of several newspaper articles and television interviews, plus a short breakfast speech to the local Rotary Club.  This display of gang awareness paved the way for the island's newspaper headlines to announce - "Police declare war on gangs."

He is an expert on Security Threat Groups and street gangs and has been court qualified as an expert witness in trials involving gang members in South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Virginia. He has also rendered consulting services to cases in the states of Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Also, he has served as consultant in a federal RICO gang related trial in the 4th Circuit District Court, Richmond, VA.

 

Gang Related Interviews

Security Threat Groups - 1997

 Community Awareness Program - Lafayette, IN - 2010

 

 

 

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