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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.
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 FBI Safe Streets, National Gang Intelligence Center, 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"
 Virginia Beach gang member gets 12-plus years for child sex trafficking (Virginia Beach, VA)::  
 (6/6/2016)  A 23-year-old Virginia Beach gang member was sentenced Friday to more than 12 years in prison for sex trafficking a child. Cordario Marcell Uzzle, a member of the Bloods gang, pleaded guilty Feb. 19. According to a news release, Uzzle, along with other gang members, prostituted a 16-year-old girl who had run away from foster care for two weeks in fall 2015. 
 Four gang members plead guilty to Sonic shooting (Newport News, VA)::   
 (6/6/2016) The fourth gang member, accused in a 2015 shooting, plead guilty, Tuesday. The shooting took place at a Sonic restaurant, in June of 2015.  
 Police take down MS-13 gang members in Virginia (Leesburg, VA)::
 (6/6/2016)  Police were swarming a Leesburg, Va. neighborhood early Friday morning at Cherry Lane and Apple Tree Drive, NE. ABC7 New's Jennifer Donelan learned that the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Leesburg City Police, FBI, and ATF were conducting a MS-13 gang take down.
 2 former gang members share their stories in hopes of helping Richmond kids (Richmond, VA)::
 (5/19/2016)  At a Richmond School Board meeting Monday night, three different people mentioned gang activity as a problem facing our high and middle school students. Two former gang members spoke exclusively with CBS 6 in the hope that their story will convince kids not to join gangs.
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