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Wed, Feb 23



FREE - Gangs - Secret Codes, Signs, and Symbols

Officers will learn how to look for patterns that help to decode documents and develop an appreciation for the ingenuity of criminals to hide their messages. Colors, hand signs, symbols and tattoos will be discussed

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FREE - Gangs - Secret Codes, Signs, and Symbols
FREE - Gangs - Secret Codes, Signs, and Symbols

Time & Location

Feb 23, 2022, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fultondale, 3500 Happy Hollow Ln, Fultondale, AL 35068, USA

About the Event

This 8-hour, tuition-free Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training course is designed to provide  law enforcement officers with knowledge of the covert methods of communication used by gang members in  correctional facilities and in other situations where covert communication is used. The emphasis is on  deciphering and code-cracking of confiscated documents. Participants will learn how to look for patterns that  help to decode documents and develop an appreciation for the ingenuity of criminals to hide their messages.  Symbols, colors, hand signs, and tattoos will also be discussed. 

Course Topics Include: • Covert communications • Types of codes and commonly used gang codes • Common methods of clandestine communication • Specific gang identifiers • Decoding encrypted messages • Samples of deciphered gang documents 

February 23, 2022 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by the: Jefferson County  Sheriff’s Training  Center **NO COST** Tuition Free 

Instructor Gary Klivans retired with the rank of Captain after serving for  approximately 20 years with the Westchester County (NY) Department  of Corrections (Peace Officer). Captain Klivans was responsible for  gang intelligence and he served as a member of the Emergency Services  Unit (ESU) when he was an Officer and a Sergeant. Mr. Klivans was  employed for nearly 10 years as a District Attorney Investigator (Police  Officer) serving in the New York State counties of Westchester and  Putnam. As an investigator, he conducted general investigations,  performed court-ordered surreptitious entries, surveillance, and crime  scene photography. In addition to his 30 years’ experience in law  enforcement, Mr. Klivans served in the US Army Reserve for 30 years.  He was initially trained as a Counterintelligence Agent and received  additional training as a Defense Against Methods of Entry (DAME)  technician and in Intelligence Photography. Upon his promotion to  Warrant Officer, he was assigned to the US Army Criminal Investigation  Command (CID) (Federal Agent). He retired with the rank of Chief  Warrant Officer (CW4) holding the title of Special Agent in Charge  (SAC). Mr. Klivans has been a guest lecturer for the Department of  Homeland Security (DHS), through the Federal Law Enforcement  Training Center (FLETC). He is also an Adjunct Instructor for St.  Petersburg College, Florida, and lectures for the federally funded  Multijurisdictional Counterdrug Task Force Training (MCTFT) program. He is the author of the book “Gang Secret Codes: Deciphered”. He has written more than a dozen gang-related articles which have been  published in several law enforcement magazines. Mr. Klivans is a guest  columnist for and Mr.  Klivans has a Bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the State University  of New York. He is certified as a general topics instructor by the New  York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the  Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC). 

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 Location: Jefferson County Sheriff’s Training Center,  3500 Happy Hollow Lane, Fultondale, AL 35068 

Contact: Tommie Black,, 205-849-5246

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