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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
  
Gang Specialist Certification Course
Event Date: [10/20/2014]
Location:Virginia Beach Wyndham, 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 Blood Gang Information.
  
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16th Annual Gang Conference VENDOR Form.
Event Date: [10/21/2014 - 10/24/2014]
Location:Virginia Beach, Virginia
VENDOR FORM
  
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Virginia Gang Investigators Association 16th Annual Gang Conference
Event Date: [10/21/2014 - 10/24/2014]
Location:Virginia Beach Wyndham, Virginia Beach Virginia
The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the, The Norfolk Sheriff’s Office, Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of the Attorney General Virginia to sponsor the 16th annual Gang Conference 2014.The conference will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach, 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia from October 21-24, 2014.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"
  
 Update: Hampton jury finds man guilty of homicide (Hampton, VA): :  
 (7/17/2014)   Getting members of a local street gang to turn on one another was the key to making arrests in the homicide of Thomas Needam III, a detective testified Thursday. "Everything fit like a puzzle, the only thing that didn't fit was who fired the gun," Hampton Police Detective John Baer testified 
  
 Court testimony: Accused Hampton gang leader's order preceded homicide (Hampton, VA)::   
 (7/17/2014) Prosecutors said Wednesday that though Shavis Holloman didn't pull the trigger in 2010, he used his position as a gang leader to cause the homicide of a Hampton man.  
  
 FBI lists more than 90 gangs in Virginia (Roanoke, VA)::
 (7/17/2014)  The FBI reports there are 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs with about 1.4 million members criminally active in the U.S. The State of Virginia is no exception. Gene Ballance, the Vice President of the Virginia Gang Investigators Association says gangs and gang members are everywhere
  
 Roanoke Police, residents talk about gangs (Roanoke, VA)::
 (7/17/2014)  Gangs are something Virginia has been working to fight for years. The topic recently surfaced again in our region after investigators say members of the 99 Goon Syndikate, which is affiliated with the Bloods street gang, were involved in the gang-related slaying of reserve Virginia police officer Kevin Quick
  
  
  
  
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