This past Tuesday, November, 17th, a current Massachusetts state trooper, Sergeant Greg Nadeau gave a presentation for Pentucket students on the topic of gang violence. The presentation was offered to Mr. Sherman’s public safety and global issues classes. For an hour and a half, we learned about the gang recognition and activity in the Greater Boston area. Sergeant Nadeau gave us some examples of gang’s he has had to combat. For example, in our area alone, we face the risk of encountering members of the Latin Kings, the Asian Boyz, La Familia, and Hells Angels, to name a few. We also face the Bloods and the Crips as well, who are both national gangs based out of Los Angeles, California. One of the most interesting parts of the presentation was when Sergeant Nadeau talked about going undercover, infiltrating these gangs. He has had to gain the members trust and be someone he isn’t. Constantly in danger, troopers like Sergeant Nadeau risk their lives everyday to make the community safer for everyone. This job is difficult, dangerous, and taxing of the families of these troopers, making us appreciate everything they do for our safety and security.