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


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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.

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Basic Gang Certification Course

October 10, 2022

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

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Gangs 101 & juvenile Gangs

             Gangs 101

This course is designed to give a basic understanding of street gangs  for the new gang Investigators, Police Officers, Probation Parole.

Upon  completion of this eight 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.

          Juvenile Gangs

 Juvenile Gangs or Unnamed  Groups ? How to identify and Document?


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23rd Annual Gang Conference welcomes

Vendors 3.5 days


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23rd Annual Gang Conference

The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the  Alcohol  Tobacco Firearms and  Explosives,  Office of the Attorney General -Virginia and the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice to sponsor the  23rd annual Gang Conference .The conference will be held at the Sheraton Hotel by Marriott  in Virginia Beach Virginia ,  3501 Atlantic Avenue ,  Virginia 23451  from  October 11-14, 2022

The Conference will cover a wide range of topics and instructors from across  the United states.

Conference hours-Tuesday– Thursday  0800-1700

Friday– 0800-1200

 New Topics-New Instructors   

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Conference Overflow Hotel

 Holiday Inn & Suites
3900 Atlantic Avenue
(Walking Distance to Conference Hotel)
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
(855) 680-3239

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