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.


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.

Upcoming VGIA Training Events >>




Gang Specialist Certification Course

    Gang Specialist Certification Course 

             October 11, 2021

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

Gang Specialist Certification Training Registration Form

Dark Web for Law Enforcement

Dark Web for Law Enforcement

October 11, 2021

How to Navigate the Dark Web and the
Danger it Holds


In the past, Law Enforcement has had it
easy when investigating the evils in society.
Did you know that there is a part of the
internet where one can buy drugs, obtain child pornography, buy stolen credit cards numbers, passports, and find
Do you know the differences between
the Surface Web, Deep Web, and the
Dark Web?
Do you know what an Virtual Private
Network is and why it
’s so important to
Join us as this class will introduce you
to the Dark Web while taking a look at
the good, bad, and absolute evil the
dark web has to offer.

Dark Web Registration

Gang Conference Vendor Form

VENDOR Application
22nd Annual Gang Conference
October 12-15, 2021
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Gang Conference Vendor Form


The VGIA Members Only section is open to sworn law enforcement officials including police, probation/parole, corrections and prosecutors.
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22nd Annual Gang Conference

October 12-15, 2021

The Virginia Gang Investigators Association is proud to team up with the Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to sponsor the 22nd annual Gang Conference.

The conference will be held at the Founders Inn and Spa by Hilton in Virginia Beach , 5641 Indian River Road Virginia Beach,Virginia 23464 

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

 Registration Form

Conference Over Flow Hotel

Delta Hotels by Marriott Chesapeake

725 Woodlake Drive

Chesapeake, Virginia 23320

Please make sure the attendees click on the link below or call 1-888-236-2427 and ask for the VGIA rate.

Book your group rate for VGIA

Conference Location

Founders Inn by Hilton
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia beach, Virginia23464
Phone: 757-366-5700


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