"If these particular neighborhoods are controlled by some of the violent street gangs that we target, we are going to go in there for the purpose of developing informants," said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Jason Soule.
That information leads to getting the city's most dangerous criminals. Most recently the gang task force was on the hunt for a man who shot at Milwaukee police in September.
They arrested Alfredo Montanez. Agents said he is affiliated with the Latin Kings.
"There are drug gangs out there that are violent, that uses violence to collect debts, violence to rip off other drug dealers. Violence to compete for territory," Flynn said.
Agents and officers said often the hardest thing is to get people in a neighborhood controlled by crime to work with the police.
We went back to those same areas without agents, spending time with neighbors. Many did not want to talk to on camera. Some long-term residents said crime and violence are rampant.
Others said police aren't out to help them.
"You can't walk around without being consider a target," said resident Tony Evan. "They only harass you just to see your ID and when you resist because you know you did no wrong they say you are provoking them."
The task force started three years ago to take down a violent crew on the city's north side, the 29 Taliban street gang. After their arrests the task force expanded to target gangs throughout the city.
Since then gang task force racked up:
Approximately 330 arrests
Approximately 270 gun recoveries
Approximately 150 search warrants
Approximately 425 drug seizures
Approximately $440,000 USC seized
Approximately 92 indictments/informants
The task force has both federal and state court convictions in Christopher Anderson. The known gang member was convicted of killing two people.
Anderson also dumped gasoline on a man, set him on fire and shot at the victim as he ran for his life. He is now currently on trial for another murder. The task force said it is getting people like Anderson off Milwaukee streets that makes a difference to an entire neighborhood.