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WELCOME TO THE V.G.I.A. WEBSITE. A limited number of scholarships are available for the Conference October 20-23, 2015 and the Certification class for October 19, 2015 for Virginia Law Enforcement Officers.
- 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
  
Gang Specialist Certification Course
Event Date: [7/22/2015]
Location:Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy
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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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
VENDOR APPLICATION
  
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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"
  
 Roanoke woman involved in gang-related sex trafficking to be arraigned (Roanoke County, VA)::  
 (6/30/2015)  A Roanoke County woman faces charges related to child sex trafficking in northern Virginia and is set to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Alexandria. Yasmin Arely Vargas, also known as “Flaca,” is accused of helping her then boyfriend, Francisco Arturo Pineda-Torres, also know as “Cuervo,” in a sex trafficking organization in 2010. 
  
 Duo guilty of gang offenses (Suffolk, VA)::   
 (6/30/2015) A Suffolk Circuit Court jury found two co-defendants guilty of gang-related offenses that occurred at King’s Fork High School and a private residence in January, according to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney James Wiser.  
  
 Portsmouth Bloods gang members plead guilty to heroin charges (Portsmouth, VA)::
 (6/30/2015)  Two Portsmouth men have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to distributing heroin in Norfolk. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Theodore M. Vann, aka Flatline, and 26-year-old Antwane L. Williams, aka Neno, entered their pleas in federal court on Thursday. Court records say Vann was the highest ranking member of the Bloods gang set Gorilla Mafia Piru. Williams was Vann’s second in command.
  
 Gang initiations alleged:
 (6/19/2015)  A 16-year-old arrested on gang-related charges has been certified to be tried as an adult, while a co-defendant who’s also a juvenile is cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for adjudication in the juvenile court, according to court documents.
  
  
  
  
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