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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: [10/17/2016]
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. Outlaw Motor Cycle Gangs added along with updated Blood Gang Information. New Updated Test.
  
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18th Annual Virginia Gang Investigators Association Conference
Event Date: [10/18/2016 - 10/21/2016]
Location:Wyndham Virginia Beach, 5700 Atlantic Avenue
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 17-21, 2016. The Conference will cover a wide range of topics and instructors from across the United states. New Topics-New Instructors TOPICS TO BE DETERMINIED-UPDATE FLYER WHEN COMPLETED
  
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"Gangs in the News Articles"
  
 Local gang leader sentenced to 8 years (Norfolk, VA):  
 (2/4/2016)  On Wednesday, an Emporia man was sentenced to 96 months in prison for his role in conspiracy to distribute heroin and his firearms trafficking activities. According to court documents, Collie “Sonnie Black” Rashad Sanks, 37, was the highest-ranking member of the Red Stone Rydahs, a Bloods street gang that operated in Franklin and Emporia 
  
 Re-trial underway for gang members accused of killing Cpt. Kevin Quick (Roanoke, VA)::   
 (2/4/2016) A re-trial for six reputed gang members accused of murdering an auxiliary police captain is underway in Roanoke.  
  
 Gang connections suspected in two Alexandria killings (Alexandria, VA)::
 (1/21/2016)  Police on Wednesday said they had arrested or otherwise taken into custody several MS-13 members they believe are linked to the slayings of two young men found dead in Alexandria parks — crimes that authorities said were a chilling reminder of the gang’s violent rise in the region.
  
 Trial set for 6 alleged gang members in Norfolk (Norfolk, VA)::
 (1/12/2016)   Six alleged gang members charged in an 18-count indictment are set for a jury trial in Norfolk federal court. The charges include racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and robbery. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.
  
  
  
  
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