Criminal Organizations are the counterpart to Mafia crime families. Their members typically belong to ethnic groups such as Chinese, African-American, Irish, or Caucasian, but they may contain members from other races as well.
Criminal organizations often begin as neighborhood gangs who consider that territory theirs to control. As they grow and become organized, they form a rank structure and branch out to gain control of other neighborhoods, businesses, or rackets to increase their wealth and power. These criminal organizations may also be referred to as a mob, family, syndicate, or collectively along with the Mafia as organized crime.
Criminal organizations are often structured similar to Mafia crime families, with a boss, underboss, or lieutenants who will control a group of foot soldiers called a "crew". They also surround themselves with associates such as police officers or politicians who use their influence to benefit the group.