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.

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The VGIA Members Only section is open to sworn law enforcement officials including police, probation/parole, corrections and prosecutors.
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Black Web for Law Enforcement

        September 21, 2020

     Virginia Beach, Virginia

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 hitmen?

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 use?

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.

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22nd Annual Gang Conference

Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 22-25, 2020

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.

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Gang Conference Update

The 22nd Annual Gang Conference and other training's are still scheduled at this time. Any question contact Kelly 757-339-5204

Gang Specialist Certification Course

Virginia Beach, Virginia

September 21, 2020

Founders Inn & Spa (Hilton)
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464 

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.

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