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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.
National OMG Trends, Social Media, Graffiti Deciphering
Event Date: [10/20/2014]
Location:Virginia Beach Wyndham, Virginia Beach Virginia
National OMG Trends: The outlaw Motorcycle Gang session is and in depth overview of OMGs in the United States and discussion of recent trends and patterns as it pertains to violence, clubs and affiliations. Additionally , this session will discuss the growing number of violent acts committed by both white and black OMGs and more Internet Investigations and Social Networking sites: The Internet-How to attack using the internet Speaking the language of gangs online What I say Lessons Learned Pictures of illegal acts with date and time stamps And more Graffiti Deciphering: Understanding the Writing on the Walls Whether various forms of graffiti is attempting to make a personal statement for recognition or an advertisement of territorial claim and/or acts of violence, the writing on the walls can serve to be an excellent tool in understanding various subculture’s behavior, attitudes and social processes. Graffiti criminal street gangs utilize within their tools of recruitment. Exploration of various criminal manifestos and ideologies that in turn is formed as visual images through codes, symbols, body markings and Gang Graffiti will be the primary focus to understanding the scrawling that can lead to a unwarranted takeover and extreme violence within a community.
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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
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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"
 Henrico Police tackle gang issue in awareness meetings (Henrico County, VA)::  
 (10/14/2014)  Dangerous gangs in Henrico County are something police say is happening right now and want you to know about it. That's why three meetings in different parts of the county will be held in the next week and a half. Sgt. Jay Clark calls these meetings Gangs 101. He says by getting the word out, he hopes it will help with preventing future crimes and future members. 
 Newport News jury deliberating in double homicide (Newport News, VA)::   
 (9/23/2014) A jailhouse informant in a Newport News murder case testified Wednesday that Marcus Tyrone Williams told him at the Newport News City Jail in 2012 that he and another man opened fire on two teenagers four years before.  
 Newport News man found guilty in 2008 double slaying; jury recommends two life terms (Newport News, VA)::
 (9/23/2014)  Newport News man was found guilty in the slayings of two teenagers shot dead on 35th Street six years ago, with the jury recommending he get two life terms plus 23 years
 Matoaca teen committed to juvenile corrections until 21 for carjacking of VSU student (Chesterfield County, VA)::
 (9/23/2014)  A documented member of the Bloods street gang who has been in trouble with the law since age 11 was reluctantly given a break by a Chesterfield County judge on Thursday for his role in last year’s abduction and carjacking of a Virginia State University student, who
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