Miami Police Admit To Monitoring Rappers, Trained By New York Police

The city of Miami, Florida's police force is actively

monitoring Hip-Hop artists when they are in town, according to police.

Officers stake out airports, hotels, clubs and

video shoots and have a binder with information on every rapper and their associates.

The six inch binder starts with a picture of

50 Cent and ends with Ja-Rule.

"A lot, if not most rappers belong to a

gang," Miami police Sgt. Rafael Tapanes told the Miami Herald. "We

keep track of their arrests and their associates."

Tapanes said they received the binder and training

from the New York Police Department during a three day Hip-Hop training session

last May.

Officers from other major cities such as Los

Angeles and Atlanta were also present during the sessions.

"They were trained on what to look for in

the lyrics, what to look for when they go to Hip-Hop concerts, what radio stations

and TV stations to monitor to keep abreast of any rift between these rappers."

The police said they started gathering intelligence

in 2001, after over 250,000 people flocked to Miami Beach for Labor Day festivities

and overwhelmed the police force, who didn't anticipate such a large crowd.

Officials said they became determined to figure

out how Hip-Hop music had gained such an enormous following.

Police gather information from a network of sources,

including off-duty police on security detail, hotel and night club workers and

other sources.