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- VGIA Public Gang Awareness and Information -
Parents, Teachers, Community Leaders, Religous Organizations, Social Workers, Students, Community Members, and VGIA Associate Members, we invite you to visit the VGIA Public Gang Awareness and Information Page to learn additional information about gang awareness and gang activities throughout Virginia.
  
  
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Virginia Gang Investigators Association or VGIA. The VGIA was established in 1997 by a group of law enforcement professionals who recognized the importance of having a gang based information sharing network narrowly but intensely focused on responding to the proliferation of street gangs in Virginia. Like other states along the East Coast, a phenomenon also exists in Virginia where well-established criminal street gangs hailing from the West Coast, Mid West, and South West have recently and increasingly joined the population of our existing gangs, bringing the potential of further criminal networking to a new and more threatening level. VGIA will remain committed to bridging the lines of communication between all aspects of law enforcement and providing the most current and reliable information to our membership. In recognizing that any association is only as strong as its membership, VGIA pledges to put its membership first as well, with each and every member held at the highest regard. It is a strong belief of this association that we collectively have an equal voice as we unite in this endeavor to combat against the advancement of street gangs in our communities and the state of Virginia.
  
  
Respectfully,
Randy Crank
President, VGIA
  
 
  
In response to the ever increasing gang problem plaguing our nation and state, concerned criminal justice professionals from Virginia began what is today the Virginia Gang Investigators Association.
  
Chartered February 1997, The V.G.I.A. is a non -profit organization made up of law enforcement officers and other members of the criminal justice community. The V.G.I.A. promotes a closely coordinated relationship among gang investigators through extensive and rapid dissemination and exchange of information about gang-related, cult and extremist group activity. The V.G.I.A. supports new techniques from identification and apprehension of gang members and encourages legislation related to the reduction of gang related crimes. Additionally; the V.G.I.A solicits public support of its goals so the citizens might be educated about the prevention regarding organized criminal activities, tactics, philosophies, etc., to its members and any other law enforcement agency upon request.
  
    
VGIA TRAINING EVENTS
  
Basic Gangs
Event Date: [5/18/2016]
Location:Danville Virginia
Course Description Course: This course is designed to give a basic understanding of street gangs for new gang Investigators, Police Officers, Deputies, Probation Parole, and all Law enforcement . Upon completion of this 7 .5 hour lecture, you should be able to understand why people join gangs, who joins gangs and what they must do to join a gang. You should be able to identify gang graffiti/tagging and what it stands for. Topics: Gang Mentality, Bloods, Crips, MS 13, MC Gangs, Homegrown Gangs and Graffiti.
  
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Basic Gangs 101 Training
Event Date: [10/17/2016]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
This course is designed to give a basic understanding of street gangs for the new gang Investigators, Police Officers, Probation Parole, Corrections etc. Upon completion of this six hour lecture, you should be able to understand what a gang is, why people join gangs, who join gangs and what they must do to join a gang. You should be able to identify gang graffiti/tagging and what it stands for along with gang member identification. DCJS credits pending.
  
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Gang Specialist Certification Training
Event Date: [10/17/2016]
Location:Wyndham Virginia Beach, 5700 Atlantic Avenue
This course is designed to give a basic understanding of street gangs and to assist in qualifying you as an expert witness in Gang related Court testimony. Upon successful completion of this eight hour lecture, a fifty(50) question true/false, multiple choice test, you will receive a “ Gang Specialist Certification” certificate along with a uniform “Gang Specialist” tag (worn with name tag on uniform) or Gang Specialist patch. DCJS credits Pending
  
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18th Annual Gang Conference
Event Date: [10/18/2016 - 10/21/2016]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Office of the Attorney General-Virginia to sponsor the 18th annual Gang Conference 2016. The conference will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach , 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia from October 18-21, 2016. The Conference will cover a wide range of topics and instructors from across the United states. New Topics-New Instructors!!
  
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Vendor Registration Form 18th Annual Gang Conference
Event Date: [10/18/2016 - 10/21/2016]
Location:Wyndham Virginia Beach, 5700 Atlantic Avenue
The Virginia gang Investigators Association welcomes vendors: The cost for the four(3.5) Day event is $450. This includes Table, Electric outlet, Breakfast Buffett and Breaks for one Person. A second table is $100.
  
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"Gangs in the News Articles"
  
 Crime down slightly across Fairfax in 2015 (Fairfax County, VA):  
 (4/28/2016)  Crime in Fairfax County saw a slight decrease in 2015, according to statistics disseminated recently by county police. The aggregate total of all crime categories amounted to 38,306 cases in 2015, down 0.66 percent from the 38,561 recorded in 2014. Rounding up, the county’s crime rate is 3,404 per 100,000 residents. 
  
 MS-13 gang member turned FBI informant describes life in the violent street gang (Fairfax County, VA)::   
 (4/28/2016) Christian Lemus Cerna, an MS-13 gang member, allegedly set out into a wooded park in Fairfax County in May 2014 to find a pair of graves. With him was a local MS-13 leader, known as Junior, who wanted to spook some new recruits by showing them where the bodies of two wayward members were buried.  
  
 1 of 6 alleged gang suspects accepts plea deal in 2014 death of Culpeper teen (Culpeper, VA)::
 (4/28/2016)  One of the six suspected Fredericksburg-area gang members originally charged in the 2014 stabbing death of a Culpeper teen has accepted a plea deal, signifying an initial resolution in the 17-month-old case now in the hands of newly elected prosecutor Paul Walther.
  
 Albemarle Co. PD Needs More Funds to Combat Rising Gang Activity (Albemarle County, VA):
 (4/9/2016)  Gang activity is on the rise in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. Albemarle County's police chief says the stats have jumped 12 percent in two years and with the county cutting his budget, it's only going to get worse. Since March 2014, police have identified 205 gang members in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. They are looking at an additional 700 suspected gang members
  
  
  
  
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