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.
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.
The VGIA offers training conferences, seminars and certifications from the basic understanding of street gangs for the new gang officer to advanced street gang intelligence and identification. Our training is only for Law Enforcement Officials, Probation Officers, Parole Officers, Corrections Officers, and Criminal Justice Professionals.
October 15, 2018
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.
MS 13 – This four hour training will cover everything you need to know about the MS-13 Gang, from its origin to its identifiers – such as graffiti, tattoos, gang hand-signs and gang colors, to its stronghold in Virginia
African American OMG’S- This four hour 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.
October 16-19, 2018
The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the Office of the Attorney General-Virginia to sponsor the 20th annual Gang Conference 2018 .The conference will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach, 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, Virginia from October 16– 19, 2018