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This profile was last updated on 2/14/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Employment History

  • Regional Gang Team Officer
  • Member of the Gang Enforcement Team
  • Sheriff's Gang Officer
    San Bernardino County
  • Probation Officer
    San Bernardino County Probation Department Gang Unit
  • Probation Officer
  • Probation Officer
    San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department
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"The place has really cleaned up," ..., 14 Feb 2009 [cached]
"The place has really cleaned up," said San Bernardino County Probation Department and SMASH Regional Gang Team officer Nathan Scarano. "When the hit-ups, or tagging, goes up on the wall, Victorville has done a really good job of cleaning it up."
In 2007, there were 152 violent crimes reported in the city's Old Town area, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's Victorville station officials. That number dropped to 110 in 2008.
Scarano has been on the SMASH team since its inception in 2005 and has seen a difference not only in the crime rate, but also in the look of the neighborhood.
Nathan Scarano probation ..., 27 Feb 2008 [cached]
Nathan Scarano probation officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and part of the SMASH Gang Enforcement Team stands in front of gang graffiti in Adelanto on Wednesday.
"A lot of the prominent street gangs right now in the High Desert that are very criminally active actually originated in the local middle and high schools," said Nathan Scarano, a probation officer for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department."That is why it is imperative that we get prevention and intervention services within those schools to address those issues while they're still young and basically attack the root cause."
Scarano shared statistics such as these with about 200 educators, law enforcers and community members attended the first meeting of the High Desert Gangs and Drugs Task Force Wednesday at a lesson on gang identification.
He shared pictures of some identifying marks that he has come across while working as a member of the SMASH Gang Enforcement Team in the High Desert, including tattoos and graffiti.
Some popular local gang symbols include "760" and "IE," and gangs display these symbols on their skin, clothing and tagging around town he said.
Scarano also discussed the large number of hybrid gangs in the High Desert, and how many gang members are "bred" in our local schools.
"They're a walking billboard," said ..., 28 Nov 2007 [cached]
"They're a walking billboard," said Nathan Scarano, a San Bernardino County Sheriff's gang officer.
"It's a challenge to other gang members and an intimidation to others in the community," he said."For us, we love it, because they are showing us their identity without us even having to ask for it."
Scarano said common gang tattoos in the Victor Valley include ‘HD' for High Desert; the number 13, for "m" the 13th letter in the alphabet; ‘m' for Mexican Mafia; ‘IE' for Inland Empire; and ‘760' for the local area code.
Some gang members are more specific and identify their region, town, area and street by name.
When gang members go to prison, they often display their sentence in the form of tattooed symbols such as bars, and indicate how many years were served, Scarano said.
Scarano said he interviewed a gang member Wednesday who described tattoos as something earned, and compared earning tattoos to earning points in video games.
Tattoos are essential to identifying wanted gang members.Many crime witnesses give generic descriptions of perpetrators that end up fitting about half the population, Scarano said.
But when witnesses can describe tattoos, officials can often narrow down the search to a particular region, then sift through individuals in that region that fit the physical description, Scarano said.
"The more tattoos, the bigger, the more flamboyant, the more easily seen - this shows a higher degree of ego involvement and commitment of the gang culture," Scarano said.
"They are constantly throwing their gang signs without throwing their hands up," he said
Probation Officer Nathan ..., 15 Oct 2007 [cached]
Probation Officer Nathan Scarano of the San Bernardino County Probation Department Gang Unit.
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San Bernardino County Sun - News, 27 April 2006 [cached]
"It represents the collaboration between Crips and Bloods," said county probation officer Nathan Scarano of the High Desert gang enforcement team.
He said a predominant number of Bloods have been making their way to the High Desert, but he couldn't say why.
"There's an influx of Bloods gang members saturating the High Desert," Scarano said.
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