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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.
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.
Black Outlaw MC Gangs
Event Date: [10/19/2015]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
This training program will focus on the skills and knowledge necessary to law enforcement when encountering members of Black Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. You will leave with a better understanding of the various gangs and how they function. We will study the organizational structure, levels of membership and the threats inherent in investigating outlaw motorcycle gangs. Participants will leave with a better understanding of diverse symbols, patches and tattoos worn by outlaw bikers. Participants will appreciate the significance of properly documenting the gang, its membership and their criminal activities. • Origin and History of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs • Traditional Clubs vs. Minority Based Clubs • Gang Organization, Structure and Leadership • Tattoo & Patch Identification and the Significance • Understanding Biker Mentality & Lifestyle • Violence and Criminality Inherent to Outlaw Bikers • Outlaw Biker Women and their Role in the Culture • Intelligence Gathering Methods and Documentation • Investigative Techniques .
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Gang Specialist Certification Course
Event Date: [10/19/2015]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
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. Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs added along with updated BloodGang Information. .
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VENDOR APPLICATION 17th Annual Gang Conference
Event Date: [10/20/2015 - 10/23/2015]
Location:Wyndham Virginia Beach
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17th Annual Gang Conference
Event Date: [10/20/2015 - 10/23/2015]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives the Norfolk Sheriffs Office, Department of Criminal Justice Services, FBI Safe Streets and the Office of the Attorney General Virginia to sponsor the 17th annual Gang Conference 2015. The conference will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach , 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia from October 20-23, 2015. The Conference will cover a wide range of topics and instructors from across the United states..
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"Gangs in the News Articles"
 Man with a rap sheet, gang ties gets jail for shooting (Accomack County, VA)::  
 (8/18/2015)  A Parksley man with gang ties and multiple criminal convictions since he was 16 was sentenced for yet another crime after shooting into an occupied car and threatening police who arrived on the scene. 
 Lynchburg officials: 16-year-old died in gang, drug related shooting (Lynchburg, VA)::   
 (8/18/2015) Lynchburg police say they are confident that the shooting death of a 16-year-old is connected to a series of other crimes.  
 Court documents show Hampton home as hub of gang activity (Hampton, VA)::
 (8/14/2015)  10 On Your Side has looked even deeper into the violent history of a Hampton home. We’ve been uncovering new details in the story behind 404 Greenbriar Avenue since Monday, when police say the Hampton SWAT team searched the home for stolen guns and gang activity.
 He mentored youths and won a college scholarship. Then he joined a gang. (Alexandria, VA)::
 (8/14/2015)  Even by prosecutors’ account, Brien Hughes had seemingly beaten the odds. The son of a drug-addicted mother and absent father whose first brush with the law came at age 14 found an outlet in football and mentoring youths. He graduated from high school — he says with a 3.5 grade-point average — and won a college scholarship.
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